The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing nearly $200,000 each to provide 55 households in rural Quebec with access to high-speed Internet services

OTTAWA (ON), May 26, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Through the Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream and Operation High Speed ​​(French webpage), the governments of Canada and Quebec take immediate action to ensure that people living in rural and remote communities have access to high-speed Internet.

Today, the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebecon behalf of the Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, along with Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet), announced nearly $200,000 in funding from each government for a combined total investment of $398,610 for three high-speed Internet projects. These projects will ensure that 55 rural households Quebec have access to decent connectivity. Funding will be distributed as follows:

  • The government of Canada and the government of Quebec each contribute $28,125 for a Bell project that will benefit the community of L’Épiphanie.
  • The government of Canada and the government of Quebec each contribute $134,130 for a Bell project that will benefit the community of Boucherville.
  • The government of Canada and the government of Quebec each contribute $37,050 for a Bell project that will benefit the community of Bromont.

Today’s announcement builds on the Government of from Canada progress towards connecting 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026. During the post-pandemic recovery, the Government of Canada continue to invest in infrastructure to build stronger, more competitive and more resilient communities for all Canada.

Quotation

“This investment will enable 55 households in L’Épiphanie, Boucherville and Bromont, Quebec, can access reliable high-speed Internet services. It will also help create jobs, improve access to healthcare and e-learning services, and keep people connected. Since 2015, the government of Canada has committed $7.2 billion to connect rural Canadians to better and faster Internet. We will continue to make investments like these in rural and remote communities to ensure that all Canadians have access to the high-speed Internet services they need. »
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“Canadians need access to affordable and reliable Internet infrastructure. Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s diligence in ensuring that the majority of rural Quebecers have access to the high-speed Internet services they need. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that all households are connected in the near future.”
– The Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the regions of Quebec

“High-speed Internet connectivity is essential, not only for telework, but also for the social and economic development of the regions. Jobs, classes, social activities and even health care are now happening online. All Quebecers must therefore have access to technologies that enable We want a prosperous, modern and forward-looking society Quebec, and it is unthinkable that this could happen without quality high-speed Internet service. Over the past year, no effort has been spared to accelerate the deployment of the service in all regions of the Quebec. And we are proud to have overcome several challenges over the past few months thanks to the collaboration of various partners. »
– Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (High-speed Internet)

“More than ever, Canadians need fast and reliable Internet access. Access to high-speed broadband networks will be a key driver of the country’s economic prosperity. In addition to our own fully funded capital investments, we are proud to invest $132,000 partner with the governments of Canada and Quebec to provide more residents at L’Épiphanie, Bromont and Boucherville with access to the fastest residential fiber optic internet speeds available. »
Karine MosesQuebec Vice President, Bell

Fast facts

  • The governments of Canada and Quebec today invested nearly $200,000 each to insure 55 households in rural areas Quebec can access high-speed Internet services.
  • from Canada The connectivity strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.
  • The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $2.75 billion investment by the government Canada designed to help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and 100% by 2030.
  • The government of Canada announced $467 million in UBF financing for Operation High Speed ​​Canada-Quebec. Thanks to this joint funding with the Government of Quebecup to 166,000 homes will be connected to high-speed Internet services.
  • The UBF is part of a series of federal investments aimed at improving high-speed Internet access. Learn more about Broadband Internet for All Canada page.
  • Since 2015, the government of Canada the funding supported projects to improve internet speeds for more than 1.2 million homes in rural and remote communities across Canada.

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For further information: Luka Vujic, Press Officer, Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development, 343-571-9582, [email protected]; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, [email protected]

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