This report emphasized that Canadians, regardless of where they live, needed easy, fast access to information if they were to thrive in the information economy. Council members singled out four areas for the strategic application of information technologies to enhance the quality of life in Canada, improve service and reduce costs.
The Council's deliberations were guided by three objectives:
- creating jobs through innovation and investment in Canada
- reinforcing Canadian sovereignty and cultural identity
- ensuring universal access at reasonable cost
and five principles: