Residents of rural regions in Quebec will benefit from faster Internet
Government of Canada investment will help Canadians in rural and remote areas access high-speed Internet
OTTAWA, ON, Aug. 3, 2020 /CNW/ - Canadians know that access to reliable and affordable high-speed Internet access is no longer a luxury; it is essential for everyone, including those living in rural and remote communities.
The current crisis has highlighted how much we all rely on high-speed Internet, and this need is sure to be even greater in the future. Now more than ever, Canadians need reliable, affordable high-speed Internet so they can work and learn from home and communicate with loved ones.
That is why the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, today announced $1.94 million in funding, through the Connect to Innovate program, for five new projects to connect rural communities in Quebec.
These projects will result in increased connectivity for households in rural and remote regions. Funding will be distributed as follows:
High-Speed Access for All: Canada's Connectivity Strategy is the Government of Canada's plan to ensure that all Canadians will have access to affordable high-speed Internet—no matter where they live. It also commits to improving mobile wireles coverage where Canadians live and work, as well as along major highways and roads.
Thanks to the Connect to Innovate program, residents will be able to connect with loved ones, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital economy. These projects will help expand the interaction Canadians have within and outside their communities and provide opportunities for success.
"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that every single household and business has access to high-speed Internet. By investing in eight new projects through the Connect to Innovate program, we are continuing to bridge the digital divide so Canadians in Quebec's rural regions can equally benefit from all the advantages the digital world has to offer."
"Broadband Internet service is key to the success of residents in rural Canadian communities. With the current COVID-19 crisis, we know, now more than ever, how important it is to be able to access the digital world. Through the Connect to Innovate program, we are continuing to open doors so Canadians can benefit from being connected with their loved ones and better equipped to fulfill everyday tasks. By funding projects that aim to provide better broadband connections, we are increasing the potential for economic growth and helping improve the quality of life of Canadians living in rural and remote communities."
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