The Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have just announced over $22 million in funding to bring high-speed Internet to more than 1,000 households in rural areas in Labrador.
Funding will be allocated to the Nunatsiavut Government for a project benefiting the communities of Rigolet, Postville, Makkovik, Nain, Hopedale and Natuashish. The network will be built and operated by Bell Canada, according to the press release.
Last month, the two governments had announced a plan to connect all remaining households in Newfoundland and Labrador to reliable high-speed Internet.
Funding of up to $116 million will come from the Government of Canada through the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), and up to $20 million will come from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is extremely pleased to partner with the federal government to bring high-speed Internet to six isolated and Indigenous communities on the north coast of Labrador.” – The Honourable Lisa Dempster, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Today’s announcement of more than $22 million to improve high-speed Internet connectivity will mean faster and more reliable Internet service for Rigolet, Postville, Makkovik, Nain, Hopedale and Natuashish.“ – Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador.
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.