360 communities in Quebec to benefit from faster Internet
“Affordable high-speed Internet services are no longer luxuries; they are basic tools for all Canadians, regardless of where they live. Canadians need these services to do business and build strong communities. Innovation takes place everywhere in Canada, in cities and in rural areas, so all Canadians must have access to these services to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Our government is delivering, and this is excellent news for all rural regions in Quebec. Today, the Mauricie region is celebrating, and in the coming weeks, we will have the opportunity to announce the amounts invested in many other regions, including Estrie. Without a doubt, this announcement will enable our communities and our businesses to benefit from the technological tools they need to succeed in the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Denis Paradis, Member of Parliament for Brome–Missisquoi
“The Connect to Innovate program offers residents of the Mauricie region a way to achieve their goals. The new funding is in addition to an investment made earlier this year that will support innovation in the region and provide more opportunities for the middle class.”
– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade
The $500 million invested under the Government’s Connect to Innovate program will go toward building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a global and digital world.
Connect to Innovate will also fund last-mile connections to households that don’t have Internet speeds of at least five megabits per second.
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Karl W. Sasseville
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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