$21.7 million to bring high-speed Internet access to over 5,300 households in the Capitale-Nationale region by September 2022
Quebec: Thanks to a total investment of $21.7 million, made as part of Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed, 5,320 households in the Capitale-Nationale region will have access to Vidéotron high-speed Internet services by September 2022.
The announcement was made today by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Québec; Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert; Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford; Éric Caire, Minister for Government Digital Transformation, Minister Responsible for Access to Information and the Protection of Personal Information, and Member of the National Assembly for La Peltrie; Émilie Foster, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Higher Education and Member of the National Assembly for Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré; Vincent Caron, Member of the National Assembly for Portneuf; and Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor.
Vidéotron will receive a combined amount of $19.7 million from the two levels of government to support the deployment of high-speed Internet services to 5,320 households in the municipalities listed in the annex. The total cost of the project is $21.7 million. Over the next few weeks, Vidéotron will take an inventory of the targeted regions to confirm the exact number of households that currently do not have access to high-speed Internet and will be covered by the deployment of services.
High-speed Internet services are considered essential today in a modern society like Quebec’s, and there’s global consensus on this. Digital access and its counterpart—connectivity to robust, reliable and affordable Internet service—are now at the core of communities’ economic and social development. The projects funded under Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed are a key part of the digital shift in Quebec and will promote access to telemedicine, distance learning, entertainment, online retail and telework.