Internet Code

In July 2019, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) created the Internet Code, a mandatory code of conduct that applies to large Internet service providers (including all of their brands and affiliates that provide Internet services) and to all retail fixed Internet access services (including, cable, fibre, DSL, fixed wireless, and satellite services). Mobile wireless Internet services, such as those provided through turbo hubs and data sticks, are covered by the Wireless Code.

At the request of the CRTC, the CCTS administers the Internet Code. This means that the CCTS applies the Code of Conduct to resolve complaints it receives from internet customers, and also tracks and reports on violations of the Code.

The Internet Code applies to the following Internet Service Providers and their related Internet brands and affiliates:

Bell Canada 

  • Acanac
  • Bell Aliant
  • Bell MTS
  • Cablevision
  • Distributel
  • Dryden Municipal Telephone System (DMTS)
  • EBOX
  • Kenora Municipal Telephone System (KMTS)
  • Maskatel
  • Northerntel
  • Northwestel
  • Ontera
  • Primus
  • Télébec
  • Télécommunications Xittel
  • Téléphone de Saint-Victor
  • Téléphone de St-Éphrem
  • ThinkTel
  • Virgin Plus

Cogeco Connexion Inc.

  • Oxio


  • Amtelecom Limited Partnership
  • Coast Cable
  • Delta Cable
  • K-Right Communications Inc.
  • People’s Tel Limited Partnership
  • Persona Communications Inc.


  • Cable Cable Inc.
  • Compton Communications
  • Comwave
  • Cross Country TV
  • Fido
  • Kincardine Group
  • KWIC Internet
  • RuralWave
  • Seaside Communications Powered by Rogers
  • Seaside Wireless Communications Powered by Rogers
  • Shaw Communications
  • Source Cable



  • ABC Communications
  • Altima Telecom
  • GTA Telecom
  • Mascon Cable


  • Fizz
  • Freedom Mobile
  • VMedia


  • Metro Loop

The Internet Code applies to individual customers only. The Code does not apply to small business customers, but they can still file complaints with the CCTS if they have billing, contract, service delivery or credit management disputes with their internet service providers.

As explained in the CRTC’s detailed regulatory policy, the goal of the Internet Code is to make it easier for individual customers to understand their Internet service contracts, to prevent bill shock from overage fees and price increases, and to make it easier for Canadians to switch Internet service providers.

The Internet Code helps customers by requiring internet services providers to:

  • Provide customers with clearer information about prices, service bundles, promotions and time-limited discounts
  • Notify customers when they approach their data-usage limits and include the price of the internet plan in the agreement as a key contract term, which may not change during the commitment period, to reduce bill shock
  • Collaborate other service providers on the production of sign-language videos (ASL and LSQ)
  • Offer trial periods that will make it easier to switch providers and take advantage of competitive offers

*Some Northwestel internet services are subject to rate regulation. Customers may forward their complaint to the CRTC.