Residents of rural communities will benefit from increased connectivity
OTTAWA (ON), April 22, 2022 /CNW/ – The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live, work, learn and do business, and now more than ever, Canadians across the country need reliable high-speed internet to access services, supports and opportunities. Through the Universal Broadband Fund‘s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, the Government of Canada is taking immediate action to connect people living in rural and remote communities to high-speed internet.
Today, the Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, announced $1,079,430 in funding to bring high-speed Internet to 625 rural households Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding will be distributed as follows:
- $286,155 for a Bell Canada project for the benefit of the communities of north arm, Phillips head and Point of the Bay
- $793,275 for a Burgeo Broadcasting System project for the benefit of the communities of Codroy, Loch Lomond, gray riverFrancois, McDougalls, South BranchSaint Andrew, Tomkins, upper ferryNorth Branch, Woodville, SearstonShoal Point (Cape Eel), coal streamand The Block
Today’s announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s progress in ensuring that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed internet by 2026. As we work to recover from 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.
“This investment will bring reliable, high-speed internet access to 625 rural households in Newfoundland and Labrador, helping to create jobs, improving access to healthcare and e-learning services, and keeping people connected. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has been committed $2.68 billion to connect rural Canadians to better and faster Internet. We will continue to make investments like these in rural and remote communities to help connect every Canadian to high-speed Internet. »
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains
“At a time when fast, reliable Internet connections are more important than ever, we are proud to partner with the Government of Canada to bring our pure fiber connection to 270 homes and businesses in communities across north arm, Phillips head and Point of the Bay. Through our own fully-funded investments in world-class broadband networks and partnerships like this, Bell is advancing its longstanding goal of connecting Canadians in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador and through our footprint.”
– Glen LeBlanc, CFO of BCE and Bell Canadaand vice-president, Atlantic Canada
“Burgeo Broadcasting is very pleased to avail itself of UBF funding to improve service to these remote communities. Reliable high-speed Internet is an integral part of every Canadian’s quality of life. This will help keep communities connected, and allow us to live where we come to enjoy this Newfoundland has to offer.”
– David MacDonaldBurgeo broadcast system manager
- 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.
- From March 2022, 171 projects supported by the UBF Rapid Response Stream have been announced. These projects will bring high-speed Internet to more than 81,000 homes in rural and remote communities across Canada.
- 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 1.1 million homes in rural and remote communities across Canada.
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For further information: Luka Vujic, Press Officer, Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development, 343-571-9582, [email protected]; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, [email protected]