Canada invests over $1,075,000 to bring high-speed Internet to more than 625 households

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Residents of rural communities to benefit from increased connectivity

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how 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 get people living in rural and remote communities connected to high-speed Internet.

Today, the Honourable 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 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding will be allocated as follows:

  • $286,155 for a Bell Canada project benefiting the communities of Northern Arm, Phillips Head and Point of Bay
  • $793,275 for a Burgeo Broadcasting System project benefiting the communities of Codroy, Loch Lomond, Grey River, François, McDougalls, South Branch, St. Andrew’s, Tompkins, Upper Ferry, North Branch, Woodville, Searston, Shoal Point (Cape Anguille), Coal Brook, and The Block

Today’s announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s progress toward making sure that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026. As we work to rebuild from the pandemic, the Government of Canada will continue to make investments in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient Canada for everyone.

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