Feds, Bell to Spend $8.2 Million to Bring High Speed Internet to 25 Communities in Quebec
The federal government has announced up to $8.2 million in combined funding with the Government of Quebec to bring high-speed Internet to 25 communities in rural Quebec.
Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested more than $731 million to improve connectivity in Quebec. New funding announced today will be allocated as follows:
- $1,208,522 to Bell Canada for projects benefiting the communities of Fatima, Innue Essipit, Lac-Légaré, Les Escoumins, Pointe-à-Boisvert, Rivière-Sainte-Marguerite and Sacré-Cœur
- $181,244 to the Coopérative de câblodistribution de l’arrière-pays (CCAP) for a project benefiting the community of Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury
- $98,758 to the Coopérative de télécommunication SJM for a project benefiting the community of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-de-Wolfestown
- $6,788,876 to Sogetel for projects benefiting the communities of Aston-Jonction, Baie-du-Febvre, Breault, La Visitation, Nicolet, Notre-Dame-de-Pierreville, Pierreville, Saint-Célestin-Station, Sainte-Eulalie, Saint-Elphège, Sainte-Monique, Sainte-Perpétue, Saint-François-du-Lac, Saint-Léonard-d’Aston, Saint-Wenceslas and Saint-Zéphirin
“This investment will bring reliable high-speed Internet access to 25 communities in rural Quebec, improving access to health care and online learning services and keeping people connected,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development.
In addition to our own fully funded capital investments, we are proud to invest an additional $1,788,000 to partner with the governments of Canada and Quebec to provide more residents in Les Escoumins, Innue Essipit, Sacré-Cœur, Rivière-Sainte-Marguerite, Lac Légaré and Fatima with access to the fastest fibre home Internet speeds available.” – Karine Moses, Quebec Vice-Chair, Bell
Today’s announcement builds on the Government’s progress toward making sure that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026.