Québec – Thanks to a joint investment of $81.36 million made as part of Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed, 18,200 households in the Outaouais region will have access to high-speed Internet services by September 2022. The projects, totalling $112.09 million, will be implemented by Cogeco and Xplornet.
The announcement was made today by Will Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science) and Member of Parliament for Pontiac; Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation; Mathieu Lacombe, Quebec Minister of Families, Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region and Member of the National Assembly for Papineau; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford; Robert Bussière, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau; Johanne Hinse, General Manager for Quebec and Vice-President of Programming and Community Relations at Cogeco; and Charles Beaudet, Vice-President, Quebec at Xplornet.
For the deployment of high-speed Internet services in the Outaouais, Cogeco will receive $23.8 million to provide coverage to 2,890 households, while Xplornet will receive $57.5 million to connect 15,310 households. The investments announced will accelerate the deployment of reliable, high-performance infrastructure in the targeted municipalities listed in the annex. Over the next few months, Cogeco and Xplornet will take an inventory of the target areas to ensure that no household will be left without service.
Today, high-speed Internet services are considered essential in a modern society like Quebec’s. Access to high-performance, reliable and affordable Internet services is at the core of communities’ socio-economic 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 shopping and telework.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that connecting all Quebecers to high-speed Internet has never been more important. That’s why our government is investing to connect Outaouais households and businesses by fall 2022. With this historic announcement, and thanks to our good collaboration with the Government of Quebec, we’re increasing the potential for economic growth and helping improve the quality of life of Quebecers in rural communities.”
– Will Amos, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Science) and Member of Parliament for Pontiac