MP Rob Clarke announces major investment that will bring fast, reliable Internet services to 26 communities in Saskatchewan
July 24, 2015 – La Ronge, Saskatchewan – Industry Canada
Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadians communities, businesses and families have better access to these and many other online opportunities, Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament for Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) with a total of $7.42 million to connect nearly 2,700 homes in northern Saskatchewan to faster Internet services.
This broadband infrastructure project is expected to be completed by the end of June 2017, delivering Internet download speeds at a minimum 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.
The Connecting Canadians program will extend or enhance high-speed Internet access at 5 Mbps to more than 356,000 households across Canada, exceeding the Economic Action Plan 2014 target by over 75,000 households.
Office of the Minister of Industry