Canadians Pay More For Wireless Service Than Other G7 Countries: REPORT


New research details that Canadians still pay some of the highest prices in the world for wireless service, however prices for low- to mid-use plans are actually declining.

The new report, released Tuesday, was commissioned by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and prepared by Nordicity Group. The aim of the study was to compare wireless and internet prices across all different services in Canada, as well as the United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, and Italy.

According to the data, Canada ranks first, second or third-most expensive for every level of wireless service compared to its international peers.

In order to find the data, the report used six different wireless service levels, ranging from 150 minutes per month on the low end of the list, and family plans with three lines, 10 gigabytes of data per month with unlimited talk and text on the high end.

One of the most notable findings from the report is the fact that wireless prices are as much as 31 percent lower than the national average in regions where there are four competitors, such as Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec.

“We are pleased to see that prices for cellphone plans for many Canadians have declined,” said Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “At the same time, we have heard concerns from many Canadians who said that prices are still too high. We remain focused on providing high-quality, affordable telecommunications services to all Canadians.”

While it seems that progress is certainly being made, the Canadian government still needs to focus on watching worldwide wireless market dynamics and promote more competition in order for all Canadians to have access to high-quality service at affordable prices.

Check out the full report here.


  • It’s Me

    Otherwise known as the “well duh” report.

  • Bill___A

    I was just in Virginia, driving between two major cities, and the phone dropped out many times. (FYI my wife was using the phone, I was driving) Maybe our service is more expensive, and the service in the USA is improving, but our service is definitely better. Places in the UK still have only 2G. We have very few, if any, places that are only 2G.

  • jwhyle

    Higher labour costs, longer distances, less people.

    I’m not an economist or even very smart but this seems like a no-brainer to me

    I, too, would love to have cheaper broad-band service but other than by Gov’t fiat, I don’t know how we accomplish this.

  • mcfilmmakers

    Unlimited data please!!!!!

  • mcfilmmakers

    One fault in your defense: Russia, China, even the US. All of them have far greater population distribution. The Canadian network might SEEM large and empty but it is largely a single straight line near the border. Compare that to the US infrastructure that constantly crisscrosses the entire mainland or the sheer number of users in China and the far sparser and much larger territory of Russia and your defense is utterly illogical.

  • Si2k78

    Someone has to be last

  • Andrew Fearnley

    Agreed. Also, Australia, which is in the study and ranks less expensive than Canada on many metrics, has roughly the same population density and percentage of serviced land mass (around the coastal regions vs. Canada/US border).

  • jwhyle

    Good points. The lack of labour unions in either country, the possibility of using slave labour and the fact that both countries are basically run by autocratic governments and they decide on what infrastructure is necessary and at what cost, takes the shine off your ideas.

  • jwhyle

    Got me there. W/o doing any research, I assume that the comparisons are done with regard to Gross National Income ie: the ability to pay vs national need.

  • SOB

    Maybe if more people dump the big 3 and give some of the smaller companies a chance then that might force prices to go down. After many many many years being with Rogers, I cautiously switched over to Freedom Mobile. Two months in and so far so good at cheaper prices.

  • mcfilmmakers

    The us disproves your labor union defense, slave labour is a straw man excuse and the third point is the crux: we allow our infrastructure to be built at a high cost simply because we allow it. We can easily pass a law requiring what cost it is built at, where it is built and to whom it is sold and the telcos would still profit from it but we dont