The Internet has been shut down across the country, with hundreds of thousands of people having to resort to the internet’s backup system.
The move was expected, with the Liberals promising a full blackout by the end of the year.
But the Liberals said it’s not happening overnight.
“While we expect the blackout to last a year, the shutdown will affect thousands of Canadians,” a Liberal spokesperson told CBC News in an email.
“People will still have access to the Internet, and will be able download, upload, stream, or access services from the Internet during the shutdown.”
The spokesperson said the shutdown has not impacted online retail or retail business.
The blackout will affect many people, but most of them are already online, said Pauline Marois, spokesperson for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“They’re just not using it to make online purchases,” Marois said.
“The fact that the Internet has not been used to make purchases, or to pay bills, that’s a very big part of the reason that there are people in Canada without access to their money.”
The shutdown affects the federal government, the provinces and municipalities.
The federal government is also cutting services, including telecommunication and energy.
In Alberta, which is home to many of the country’s largest companies, there’s a total blackout, as the province’s NDP government shut down power in the province for six weeks in January.
People in the oil and gas industry were not affected by the shutdown, said Alberta’s minister of energy, Brad Duguid.
“We’re just going to take a little bit of time to look at our options and what to do,” Duguid said.
He said a complete shutdown of electricity in the Alberta province will happen next week, which will bring down all electricity in Alberta and its territories, including Calgary and Edmonton.
The government of Saskatchewan also is going to shut down its electricity system in an attempt to protect the energy sector from the weather, but it’s unclear how long the blackout will last.
The province has a network of generators that generate power in Alberta.
But Duguid says the province has no electricity, and won’t be running any generators until the shutdown is over.
“I’m going to have to look into what we can do,” he said.
A federal government spokesperson said it is “still working to ensure that all Canadians are able to safely access the internet, while respecting our commitments to our partners and the public.”
The federal Conservative government is making it clear it is not going to cut the internet off, but is trying to prevent people from being able to connect to the outside world.
The spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Rick Roth, said it looks like the government has been lying to Canadians for a long time.
“What we’re seeing is a government that says, ‘Look, we’re going to stop you from having access to your phone, but if you’re going online, you can still use the internet,'” Roth said.