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Internet policy and the federal election

We love the internet. A lot. Every day we learn more about its downsides, but there’s no doubt that we’re better off because of it. In seconds, we can connect with knowledge, creativity, job opportunities, and our friends and family all over the world.

But it’s an election year and there’s a battle looming over the future of Canada’s internet. From election meddling to cyberattacks, ‘fake news’ and beyond, there’s a growing number of lawmakers who think the internet is broken and that someone needs to fix it. Whether you agree or not, how policymakers respond will significantly impact our digital future.

Join us at Canadians Connected 2019

to discuss the digital policy issues facing Canadians in the
upcoming federal election.


September 25, 2019

11:30 - 3:30 PM ET


Infinity Convention Centre
Ottawa, ON

or via webcast


None. To ensure that everyone interested can attend the event, we have made it free of charge.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Ann Cavoukian

To help get Canadians up to speed on the key issues ahead of the election, we’re proud to host Dr. Ann Cavoukian as our keynote speaker. Learn more

Panel discussion: Federal election forum on internet policy

Leaders in Canadian internet policy will provide an overview of the issues, where the parties stands, and what they believe ought to be done. Learn more

Why participate?

Get your questions answered:
You’ll be in the room with some of Canada’s brightest minds on internet policy. We’ll make sure there are opportunities to ask your questions so you can learn more about the issues and become a more informed voter heading into the October federal election.

Exclusive learning opportunities:
Canadians Connected 2019 is also CIRA’s annual general meeting (AGM), so this is your opportunity to learn about what we’ve been up to, and what’s coming up next. Find out how CIRA, along with your help, is working to build a better online Canada. 

Contribute to the direction of Canada’s internet:
Whether you are voting in the federal election or CIRA’s board of directors election, you can have an impact of the future of Canada’s internet. Join us to find out how.

Want to know more about the event? View the agenda.

Attending in Ottawa

Infinity Convention Centre
2901 Gibford Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1V 2L9

Free parking is available at the Infinity Convention Centre.

Attending via webcast

Can’t join us in person? You can still participate by webcast.

Pre-registration for the webcast is required by September 25, 2019 at 11 AM ET.

Webcast links and login information will be sent to registered participants the day before the event. Please test your system in advance. If you have any problems logging in, please contact [email protected].


A note about membership

As per the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and CIRA's By-law, in order to participate as a voting member in the annual general meeting (AGM) either online or in-person, you must have been a CIRA member at least 21 days prior to the AGM (specifically, by end of day September 4, 2019) and continue to be a member at the start of the AGM.

Not a CIRA member?

Apply online! To be eligible to vote in the AGM and board of directors election, we recommend you submit your membership application by August 28, 2019 to allow time for processing.