The Government of Canada is investing more than $41 million to bring high-speed Internet to 2,676 homes in Alberta

Government of Canada invests over $41 million to bring high-speed Internet to 2,676 homes in Alberta

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OTTAWA, Ontario, February 9, 2022

Residents of rural communities will benefit from increased connectivity

OTTAWA (ON), February 9, 2022 /CNW/ – The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live, work, learn and do business, and now more than ever, Canadians across the country need reliable high-speed internet to access services, supports and opportunities. Thanks to the Rapid Response Stream of the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), the government of Canada is taking immediate action to connect people in rural and remote communities to high-speed internet.

Today, the Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, and George ChahalMember of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced during $41 million in funding 21 projects that will bring high-speed Internet to 2,676 rural households alberta.

Today’s announcement builds on the Government of from Canada progress to ensure that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed internet by 2026. As we work to recover from the pandemic, the Government of Canada continue to invest in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient society Canada for everyone.

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“This investment will bring reliable high-speed Internet access to 2,676 rural households alberta, helping to create jobs, improving access to healthcare and e-learning services, and keeping people connected. Since 2015, the government of Canada has committed $7.2 billion to connect rural Canadians to better and faster Internet. We will continue to make investments like these in rural and remote communities to help connect every Canadian to high-speed Internet. »
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“For the rural communities of albertaand aboriginal people in particular, not having access to reliable internet has made the impact of this pandemic even more difficult than in other parts of the country, which is why the Government of Canada invest more $41 million to ensure Albertans are connected to the Internet as soon as possible. We said we would take action and we are keeping that commitment. In fact, prior to today’s announcement, the government had already approved 48 projects, totaling more than $56 million, that will connect more than 36,000 homes across the province. »
– The Honorable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

“This is great news for alberta. The pandemic has shown us how essential high-speed internet access has become. The government of Canada understands the urgent and vital need to connect rural and remote areas Canadaincluding in alberta.”
George ChahalMLA for Calgary Skyview

Fast facts

  • The projects announced today receive more than $41 million to the government of Canada funding to bring high-speed Internet to 2,676 homes in more than 25 communities.

  • from Canada The connectivity strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.

  • The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $2.75 billion investment by the government Canada designed to help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national goal of 100% connectivity by 2030.

  • In 2021, 131 UBF-supported projects have been announced, and these projects will bring high-speed internet to more than 75,000 households in rural and remote communities across Canada.

  • The UBF is part of a series of federal investments aimed at improving high-speed Internet. Learn more about Broadband Internet for All Canada page.

  • Since 2015, the government of Canada the funding supported projects to bring high-speed internet to more than 1.1 million homes in rural and remote communities across Canada.

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