Haut-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality: Broadband Internet availability in 14 communities

News Release

December 4, 2017 – Huntingdon, Quebec

The Government of Quebec, through the Québec branché program, and the Government of Canada are each contributing $2,399,424 to the $5,952,053 TARGO Communications project to bring broadband Internet to 35 communities, 14 of which are in the Haut-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality (RCM). It is expected that 2,096 homes will have access to broadband Internet services as a result of this project.

The announcement was made today by Stéphane Billette, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon and Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, on behalf of Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy.

The goal of the Québec branché program is to provide broadband Internet services to unserved or underserved regions and communities. Project selection and funding were made in collaboration with the federal Connect to Innovate program. In total, more than 80 projects have been selected in 14 regions of Quebec.


Quotes

“The Québec branché program is a high-impact initiative that will help meet the growing needs of rural areas for broadband Internet services. Today’s announcement represents an important step in connecting communities in the Haut-Saint-Laurent RCM, which will contribute to not only keeping families and businesses in the region but also attracting them here. I want to acknowledge the municipal officials and supporters for their commitment to our collective prosperity.”
– Stéphane Billette, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon and Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development

“This investment will benefit the middle class in the Montérégie region. It will help create greater employment and business opportunities, improve communication, and increase access to distance education, e-health, media, and online goods and services.”
– Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay–Lacolle

“Access to high-speed Internet is not a luxury; it’s essential. High-speed Internet services are basic tools that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need these services to do business and build stronger communities. The Government of Canada recognizes that innovation takes place everywhere in Canada, both in cities and rural areas. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, Canadians will be better able to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Our support for these projects will enable more households and businesses to connect, thereby contributing to Quebec’s economic growth and the vitality of its regions. Just like electricity was a driving force in the 20th century, access to broadband Internet is today a powerful driver of digital and socio-economic development. That’s why, in its recent economic update, the Government of Quebec announced an investment of $300 million over the next five years so that all residents are able to access high-speed networks.”
– Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

Quick Facts

  • An announcement about the other 21 communities that will benefit from the TARGO Communications project, which covers a total of 35, is forthcoming.

  • The Québec branché program, which has initially been allocated $100 million, is one of the pillars of the Digital Economy Action Plan and the upcoming Quebec Digital Strategy (all links are to French web pages). The Quebec Digital Strategy will be released on December 13, 2017: #StratNumQc.

  • The Government of Canada’s $500-million Connect to Innovate program aims to improve access to broadband Internet services in rural and remote Canadian communities.

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Contacts

Marie-Catherine Leduc
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development
418-691-5650

Bianca Boutin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living and Minister responsible for the Montérégie region
418-266-7181

Gabrielle Tellier
Press Secretary
Office of the Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
418-691-5650

Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Information

Jean-Pierre D’Auteuil
Media Relations Officer
Communications Branch
Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation
418-691-5698, extension 4868
418-559-0710 (cell)

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic
Development Canada
343-291-1777
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