High-speed internet access is increasingly important in everyday life, whether it’s required for school, home, business or entertainment. Strathcona County recognizes that access to reliable high-speed internet differs for residents and businesses across the CountyIn some areas, internet services available do not meet current or future needs.  

Take the high-speed test

To ensure gaps in internet service all across Strathcona County are recognized, residents and businesses are encouraged to complete an online internet speed test administered by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), a non-profit organization that develops and implements policies that support Canada’s internet community.

For the most accurate results, a desktop or a laptop is the preferable test device and ideally it should be connected directly to your modem using a cable. Do multiple tests at different times of the day and on different days of the week, and be sure to run some during peak times (7pm to 11pm).

Shut down all programs on your device except the test. Running other applications or devices while executing tests will negatively affect test results. Only the person doing the test should be using the internet, so ask others to stop using the internet and/or streaming while running the test (it only takes about a minute!).

The data is anonymously collected and aggregated into a dataset, allowing us to better understand the “real” internet service speeds that our residents are experiencing. Individuals can compare their connection speed with those of other participants.

The County is exploring ways to help improve internet access in the community.  In addition to the data collected in the above high-speed test, we recently conducted surveys asking for input to help us better understand the current state of high-speed internet services throughout the community, and identify opportunities to help ensure everyone has access. 

Survey results will provide a baseline understanding of the current state of internet services in Strathcona County and inform on what the County’s role could be in providing high-speed internet services to residents and businesses.

Internet survey frequent questions

Further information
Phone: 587-334-0950

Last updated: Friday, August 14, 2020
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