Canadian government invests in rural fibre projects

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The Government of Canada investment is investing $8.5m in fibre to help residents of rural areas access high-speed internet.

The funding was announced by Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant, on behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. The funding will be made available via the Connect to Innovate program, which aims to invest $585m by 2023 to bring high-speed connections to 975 rural and remote communities.

The most recent funding will be allocated to three projects, with $1,015,368 for two of those for provider, Télébec to use fibre optic technology to provide high-speed internet in the community of Belcourt, located northeast of Val-d'Or, and in the area of Launay in the Abitibi Regional County Municipality. The third will see $7,500,000 for Telus to provide fibre to 18 communities North-west of Baie-Comeau.

Rodriguez said in his announcement: ‘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.’

Monsef added: "Canadians understand the importance of building communities. Through the current Covid-19 crisis, we have come to recognise, now more than ever, how important it is to be able to access the digital world. With this funding, we are continuing to improve rural Canadians' access to high-speed internet for them to thrive in the digital economy.’

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