Canada, Quebec to Spend $44.57 Million for High Speed Internet to 4,250 Homes

The Government of Canada and Quebec announced on Wednesday it will invest $44.57 million to bring high-speed internet to 4,250 homes in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

Videotron will be tasked with the high speed internet rollout and will receive $42.22 million from both the federal and Quebec governments, out of the project’s total $44.57 million cost. That works out to $10,487 per home to set up high speed internet, expected to be completed by September 2022.

A press release from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada says “Vidéotron is currently taking an inventory of the targeted regions to ensure that no household will be left without service.”

Earlier today, a separate announcement was made relating to Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed, with Videotron to receive $21.7 million to bring high-speed internet services to over 5,000 households in the Capitale-Nationale region by September 2022.

For those in rural areas of Canada that don’t want to wait, Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite internet is available for sign up, with service expanding rapidly. The initial cost is $649 CAD for hardware and $129 CAD per month for service fees, bringing speeds of 200 Mbps download or so.