Quebec and Ottawa invest more than $3.5 million to connect homes in Cantley

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

February 11, 2019 – Cantley, Quebec

The governments of Quebec and Canada are each investing $1,752,117 to bring high-speed Internet service to 1,088 households in Cantley. The project, which has a total value of more than $7 million, will be carried out by 307Net.

The announcement was made today by Gilles Bélanger, Member of the National Assembly for Orford and Parliamentary Assistant to the Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation (economy and high-speed Internet), on behalf of Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation; and by William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. They were accompanied by Robert Bussière, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau.

“In 2019, high-speed Internet service is indispensable for healthy regional economic development and community vitality. Fast, reliable Internet service is necessary for businesses that want to go increasingly digital in their business processes, have an online presence and conduct e-commerce. That is why the Government of Quebec is working to install high-speed Internet in all regions. Our goal is simple: a prosperous Quebec that enables the economy to measure up to the abilities and ambitions of its citizens and businesses.”

– Gilles Bélanger, Member of the National Assembly for Orford and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation (economy and high-speed Internet)

“Our rural communities deserve better access to high-speed Internet. So, this investment is great news. By investing in digital infrastructure, we are helping to free enormous economic potential, thereby encouraging the creation of jobs, products and businesses in the Outaouais region. The funding announced today will be added to the $13.4 million already announced in 2018 to improve high-speed Internet in the regional county municipalities of Collines, Pontiac and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau. I will continue to work hard to further reduce the digital divide in our region.”

– William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac

“Access to high-speed Internet service is not a luxury; it’s essential. High-speed Internet services are basic tools that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of where they live. Canadians need these services to do business, take training and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, Canadians will be able to better seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“I am thrilled that households in Cantley that, up till now, lacked high-speed Internet service will finally be able to receive it. Access to this service is indispensable to life today and could encourage businesses to set up shop in the region or young people to settle here after their studies. The entire region will come away a winner.”

– Robert Bussière, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau

Quick facts

  • The Government of Quebec has committed to improving high-speed Internet coverage by putting in place appropriate digital infrastructure in all regions of Quebec. It will invest an additional $400 million over the next four years to accomplish this.

  • The Government of Canada’s $500-million Connect to Innovate program aims to improve access to high-speed Internet services in rural and remote Canadian communities.

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