Minister Aglukkaq announces major investment that will extend and upgrade satellite Internet for 8,600 homes in Nunavut
July 7, 2015 – Arviat, Nunavut
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 Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced that the Harper Government will provide $35 million to SSi Micro Ltd. to extend and enhance satellite Internet service for approximately 8,600 homes in Nunavut.
Communities that will benefit as a result of this Connecting Canadians investment include: Arctic Bay, Arviat, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Cape Dorset, Chesterfield Inlet, Clyde River, Coral Harbour, Gjoa Haven, Grise Fiord, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Rankin Inlet, Repulse Bay, Resolute Bay, Sanikiluaq, Taloyoak and Whale Cove.
Canadians in these regions depend on satellite services for their high-speed Internet connections. The leases to provide these services expire in 2016. This funding under Connecting Canadians will ensure high-speed Internet remains available in these regions after 2016 while also greatly improving Internet speed for northerners.
Enhanced service will be available starting in 2016, delivering download speeds of at least three 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, delivering on the Harper Government's commitment to rural Canadians.
Office of the Minister of Industry