Faster, more reliable Internet coming to rural Newfoundland and Labrador

News Release

Projects will increase high-speed Internet coverage on the Island of Newfoundland

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 $3.5 million from the Government of Canada to increase broadband Internet access for over 12,500 households in rural and remote areas of the Island of Newfoundland. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing approximately $51,000 in additional support for a Burgeo Broadcasting System project.

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, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"Our government is pleased to collaborate with the private sector and our federal partners through the Connecting Canadians program. These partnerships enable us to expand broadband Internet even further in our province through the best and most appropriate technology available. Improved Internet service makes a significant difference to the prosperity of our rural communities, and we are committed to continuing to work together to improve the province's communications capacity."

– The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

"In today's modern economy, having access to fast, reliable broadband Internet is vitally important to the rural communities of Newfoundland and Labrador. I am pleased to join ministers Bains and Mitchelmore in welcoming this important investment in our local economy. The funding announced today will help bring new opportunities and access to the people in these communities and will enable them to thrive here at home."

– Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays–Central–Notre Dame

"At Xplornet, we believe that rural Canadian families should have the same opportunities as families in urban areas. Therefore, we are delighted to work alongside the Government of Canada toward our shared goal of providing fast, affordable Internet to rural Canada. By accelerating the build of broadband infrastructure in rural and remote communities, families across the country will have enhanced high-speed Internet service so they can experience everything the Internet has to offer."

– Bill Macdonald, Executive Vice-President of Business Development, Xplornet Communications Inc.

"Burgeo Broadcasting System is very much looking forward to extending its network with all the partners involved. High-speed Internet is quickly becoming as necessary as basic utilities. Internet is an enabling tool that allows rural customers to remain in their communities and enjoy the benefits of living in rural Newfoundland. Burgeo Broadcasting System, along with its partners, is pleased to extend high-speed Internet services to these remote communities."

– Dave MacDonald, Manager, Burgeo Broadcasting System

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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