Minister Denis Lebel announces major investment that will bring fast, reliable Internet services to over 6,000 homes in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region
July 6, 2015 – Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec
Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadians have better access to these and many other online opportunities, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced that the Harper Government will provide over $2 million to Télénet Informatique and Digicom Internet sans fil, two local Internet service providers, to connect over 6,000 homes in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean area to faster Internet services.
Minister Lebel highlighted the fact that 3,721 households in Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean will benefit from today's announcement. These broadband infrastructure projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2017, delivering Internet download speeds of over 5 megabits per second (Mbps).
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 Harper Government's commitment to rural Canadians.
Office of the Minister of Industry