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Household Facilities and Equipment (HFE) Survey

"Recent data from the 1997 Household Facilities and Equipment Survey showed that 4.2 million households in Canada (36%) had a computer, more than triple the proportion in 1986, when these data were first collected. The survey also found that 1.5 million households (13%) used the Internet from home in 1997, almost double the 1996 rate (7%)."



"In 1997, 26% of households with the highest incomes used the Internet from home, five times the proportion (5%) of households with the lowest incomes. In 1996, the proportion of households in the highest income quintile that used the Internet from home was 17%, while for the lowest income group it was 3%."



For more information concerning these data, or the availability of special request tabulations or microdata files, contact the Data Dissemination Unit, (613-951-7355; 1 888 297-7355; fax: 613-951-3012; Internet: Expenditure@statcan.ca), Household Surveys Division.