Quebec and Ottawa invest more than $1 million to connect homes in La Conception

News release

December 18, 2018 – La Conception, Quebec

The governments of Quebec and Canada are each investing $529,878 to bring high-speed Internet service to 250 households in La Conception in the Laurentians. The project, which has a total value of $1,263,115, will be carried out by Télé-Câble La Conception.

The announcement was made today by Gilles Bélanger, Member of the National Assembly for Orford and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation (economy and high-speed Internet), on behalf of Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation, and by David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. They were joined by Chantale Jeannotte, Member of the National Assembly for Labelle.

Quotes

“In this day and age, access to high-speed Internet is essential, both for businesses and families. The Government of Quebec is committed to giving Quebecers the means to fulfill their ambitions. The project announced today will help businesses develop and self-employed workers get established, thereby contributing to the vitality of the regional economy.”
– Gilles Bélanger, Member of the National Assembly for Orford and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation (economy and high-speed Internet)

“Thanks to this project, residents of most of the La Conception area and households bordering on Labelle will have access to the same level of Internet service as people living in large cities. In our modern era, accessible and affordable high-speed Internet is an essential service for communicating, staying informed, innovating, learning and pursuing business opportunities. Kudos to the team from Télé-Câble La Conception, a not-for-profit organization, and its partners for their remarkable contribution and their ability to meet the community’s needs!”
– David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle

“Access to high-speed Internet service is not a luxury; it’s essential. High-speed Internet services are basic tools that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of where they live. Canadians need these services to do business, take training and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, Canadians will be able to better seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“I am thrilled that households in La Conception that lacked this technology—which is indispensable for life today—will now have access to it. The availability of this service could be the argument that convinces businesses to set up shop in the region or young people to move here after their studies. The whole region will come away a winner.
– Chantale Jeannotte, Member of the National Assembly for Labelle

Quick facts

  • The Government of Quebec has committed to improving high-speed Internet coverage by putting in place appropriate digital infrastructure in all regions of Quebec. It will invest an additional $400 million over the next four years to accomplish this.

  • The Government of Canada’s $500-million Connect to Innovate program aims to extend and enhance broadband service in rural and remote Canadian communities.

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Emmanuel Bouchard
Press Secretary
Office of the Member for Orford
819-847-3911

Anne-Marie Jasmin
Press Secretary
Office of the Member for Labelle
819-429-5038

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

Media Relations
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
514-283-7443
dec.media.ced@canada.ca

Dani Keenan
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-1710

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