Residents of rural communities will benefit from increased connectivity
OTTAWA (ON), July 27, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Yvonne Jonesdeputy of Labradorwith the Honorable Lisa Dempster, Newfoundland and labrador The Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation and Minister responsible for Labrador Affairs, announced combined federal and provincial funding for Bell Canada provide high-speed Internet access to 694 households in rural communities in Charlottetown, Lodge BayMary’s harbour, Port Hope Simpson and Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
These new projects are part of a historic agreement between the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada. On February 21, 2022, governments announcement their partnership to support high-speed internet projects that will connect all of the province’s remaining rural households, made possible through a federal-provincial investment of up to $136 million.
The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize the important role high-speed Internet access will play in economic recovery from the pandemic. Collaborate to provide better Internet services to residents of rural, remote and northern communities Newfoundland and Labrador will help create jobs and contribute to economic growth across the province. As we strive to rebuild after the pandemic, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient Canada for all.
“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Newfoundland and Labrador has access to reliable high speed internet. Today’s announcement to connect more than 690 homes in 5 rural communities across the province is great news for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and e-learning services, improve safety, and keep us connected to our loved ones. The Government of Canada will continue to make investments like these to help achieve our national goal of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.”
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“This is great news for Labrador in general! The pandemic has shown us how essential high-speed internet access has become. The Government of Canada understands the urgent and vital need to connect rural and remote areas across Canada, including Newfoundland and Labrador.”
– Yvonne Jonesdeputy of Labrador
“Providing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with reliable high-speed Internet access is a priority. Our $136 million collaboration with the federal government demonstrates our commitment to making this a reality for regions of the province, including the Labrador communities announced today.
– The Honorable Lisa Dempster, Newfoundland and labrador Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation and Minister responsible for Labrador Affairs
“Our governments are committed to supporting the people of Labrador and all rural areas of the province for reliable high-speed Internet access. It’s a great day for these communities, and we look forward to continuing to work together for the good of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. »
– The Honorable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“We are pleased to continue our investment partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to expand Bell’s all-fiber network. As the country’s largest investor in network infrastructure, including here at Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout the Atlantic region, Bell continues to achieve its goal of advancing the way Canadians connect with each other and with the world. »
– Glen LeBlancBell Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Atlantic Canada
- Canada’s Connectivity Strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.
- The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $2.75 billion Government of Canada investment to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national goal of 100% connectivity by 2030. 2030 to connect.
- On February 21, 2022a Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador broadband partnership was announcement. Governments jointly invest up to $136 million connect all remaining rural households in Newfoundland and Labrador at high speed.
- The UBF is part of a series of federal investments aimed at improving high-speed Internet. Learn more about the High speed internet for all of Canada page.
- Since 2015, Government of Canada funding has supported projects to bring improved speeds to more than 1.2 million homes in rural and remote communities across Canada.
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SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
For further information: Contacts: Government of Canada: Jeremy Bellefeuille, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development, 343-551-0898, [email protected]; Media Relations: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, [email protected]; Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Meghan McCabe, Office of the Premier, 709-729-3960, [email protected]