Faster, more reliable Internet coming to Alberta

News Release

Projects will increase high-speed Internet coverage in rural communities throughout northern Alberta

April 8, 2016 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

For most Canadians, access to affordable and reliable broadband networks is an important part of everyday life. However, communities outside urban centres often face challenges in accessing Internet service at levels comparable to those in cities due to factors such as remote location and challenging terrain.

Two Internet service providers are receiving a total of approximately $3.6 million from the Government of Canada to increase broadband Internet access for approximately 6,000 households in rural and remote areas of northern Alberta.

Canadians in all parts of the country need access to high-speed Internet to take advantage of new economic and business opportunities and to connect with friends and family in Canada and beyond.

This funding through the Connecting Canadians program will provide the communities with access to broadband at speeds of five megabits per second or more.


"Helping to extend high-speed Internet across the country is one of the most important infrastructure investments the Government of Canada can make to help unlock the tremendous potential of our country's northern and rural regions. By working with partners across the country, the Government is helping to deliver increased broadband coverage to underserved areas across Canada. This will provide Canadians with greater employment and business opportunities, better access to online education and e-health, improved communications and media, and increased access to online goods and services."

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"The assistance of the Connecting Canadians program has enabled our organization to provide indigenous communities with broadband Internet connections at speeds that are closer to what is available in urban communities. Our customers rely on the Internet for distance education, banking, job opportunities and communications. The communities that have been connected are appreciative of the increased Internet coverage and bandwidth. We believe the Connecting Canadians program will have a long-term positive impact on these communities."

– Vaughn Paul, President, Arrow Technology Group GP Ltd.

"In cooperation with the federal, municipal and First Nations governments, we are excited to play a part in providing rural Albertan residents with reliable Internet that is truly high speed. At Ltd., our belief is that the residents of rural Canada need to make a directed effort to maintain viability. We can only accomplish this by creating sustainable communities that attract new members. High-speed Internet is now a deciding factor in where people choose to live and build businesses. These new services will benefit Peace Country residents for years to come."

– Glen Moore, President, Ltd.

Quick facts

  • The $305-million Connecting Canadians program will extend and enhance broadband service to over 300,000 households across Canada.
  • Additionally, through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada will invest $500 million over five years for a new program to extend and enhance broadband service in rural and remote communities.

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Philip Proulx
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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