Government of Canada announces major investment that will bring fast, reliable Internet services to 16 communities in the Peace Region
July 25, 2015 – Dawson Creek, British Columbia – Industry Canada
Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadian communities, businesses and families have better access to these and many other online opportunities, Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for British Columbia, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide the Peace Region Internet Society with up to $278,000 to connect nearly 2,000 homes in the Peace Region to faster Internet services.
Mr. Zimmer highlighted the fact that nearly 2,000 households in the Peace Region will benefit from the investment announced today. This broadband infrastructure project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, delivering Internet download speeds at a minimum speed of five megabits per second (Mbps).
For all Canadians, the Internet is a tool that spurs economic growth, broadens opportunities and connects friends and family from coast to coast to coast. For Canadians who live in communities with slow or no Internet, access to high-speed services will lead to new economic opportunities and the creation of new jobs, products and services.
By Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, over 98 percent of Canadian households will be able to subscribe to new or improved high-speed Internet services, which helps deliver on the Government's commitment to rural Canadians.
Office of the Minister of Industry