ACORN Canada has long argued that internet access is a basic need – to people to look for work, for kids to do homework, and for people to get government benefits. When the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, this became even more clear. Many low-income people lost access to the internet when as libraries and community centres closed, leaving people who had been laid off and children stranded. Further, as we all practiced physical distancing, people in care homes and those who live alone were left isolated from friends and family.
In an opinion column as part of Toronto Life‘s series on the Post-Pandemic Future, Alejandra Ruiz Vargas, the national leadership representative for ACORN Canada, says we need to make internet access more inclusive. The federal government has the program infrastructure – with a few tweaks affordable internet for all can be a reality.