Feds, Quebec to Spend $536,000 to Bring High Speed Internet to Venise-en-Québec

The federal government and the province of Quebec announced on Monday a joint investment of over $536,000 will bring high-speed internet to the municipality of Venise-en-Québec, in the Montérégie region.

IHR Télécom will offer high speed internet services by September 2022, with a total of 1,200 homes gaining access. The non-profit organization is located in the Montérégie region, and offers internet, phone and TV services to rural areas.

Funding for the project comes from the Universal Broadband Fund (Rapid Response Stream) and the Quebec broadband program.

“Internet connectivity is one of my priorities, which is why I’m proud to be able to announce the culmination of this project for the residents of Venise-en-Québec. We know that access to a reliable and effective network is essential for developing our businesses, teleworking, studying and staying in contact with loved ones. This announcement is the result of ongoing collaboration with different partners,” said Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport, Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Member of Parliament for Brome–Missisquoi, in a statement.

“We are proud to finally be able to respond to the call of Venise-en-Québec residents, who regularly ask us when we will be deploying service to their home,” added Benoit Lanciault, CEO, IHR Télécom, in a statement.

The Quebec government says it has invested $1.3 billion to expand high-speed internet in the province, expected to be available for “all Quebecers by fall 2022.” The federal government’s Universal Broadband Fund of $2.75 billion is being used to expand internet infrastructure to rural and remote regions across Canada.