Bringing high-speed Internet access to residents of New Brunswick and the rest of Canada

Reliable high-speed Internet access is a must for all Canadians. It brings families and friends together, helps us work and study, and connects Canadian businesses with customers around the world. Providing people in rural, remote and indigenous communities from coast to coast with fast and reliable access to high-speed Internet will help create good middle-class jobs and build an economy of focused on the well-being of all Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced an additional $475 million to the Universal Broadband Fund. This addition will connect an additional 60,000 rural homes across Canada, helping us achieve our goal of providing high-speed Internet access to every community, in every province and territory.

To date, the Government of Canada has already announced that up to 900,000 more homes will have high-speed Internet access, with more announcements to follow. We are on track to reach our goal of providing high-speed Internet access to 98% of Canadians by 2026. 93.5% of Canadian households already have high-speed Internet access or are targeted by projects of connectivity as part of program commitments, compared to only 79% in 2014.

To better support the people of New Brunswick, the Premier also announced up to $17.6 million, on top of the $55 million in federal funding already announced, to provide high-speed Internet access to over 27,000 homes in New Brunswick. These additional funds are part of our plan to ensure that every home in New Brunswick has access to high-speed internet by 2030.

As Canadians face rising costs of living due to global inflation, we will continue to provide high-speed Internet access to those who need it. In partnership with service providers, we will offer this access at a cost of $10 or $20 per month as part of the initiative Related families. Eligibility for this initiative was recently expanded. In addition to including families who receive the maximum amount of the Canada Child Benefit, the initiative will also target seniors who receive the maximum amount of the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Through this partnership, we are providing hundreds of thousands of low-income families and seniors with access to affordable high-speed Internet service.

The Government of Canada will continue to work with provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and Internet service providers to provide all Canadians, regardless of where they live, with high-speed Internet access as soon as possible. up.


“Whether it’s a student who relies on the Internet to turn in assignments on time or a small business owner who sells their products online around the world, every Canadian, no matter where they are, deserves access to reliable and high-quality, high-speed Internet service With today’s announcement, we will continue to improve and expand high-speed Internet access in communities across the country to build an economy focused on the well-being of all Canadians. »

The right hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“We all know that nowadays the Internet is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Access to fast and reliable Internet service helps rural Canadians by enabling them to access essential services like health care and education, participate in the digital economy or simply connect with loved ones. . Today’s announcement reinforces our government’s commitment to connect all Canadians, no matter where they live, by 2030. In addition, I am pleased to report that we have already connected more than 93.5% of Canadians, compared to 79 % in 2014, and that we are on the right track to reach our goal. »

Honorable. Gudie Hutchings, Minister for Rural Economic Development

Main points

  • The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $3.225 billion investment by the Government of Canada to help connect 98% of Canadians to a reliable high-speed Internet provider by 2026, and 100% of Canadians by the year 2030.
  • The government has created partnerships with several provinces to make the money invested in LBU even more profitable, in particular British ColumbiaIAlbertaIOntarioQuebec (Phase 1 AND Phase 2 high speed operation), Newfoundland and LabradorANDPrince Edward Island.
  • To date, the Government of Canada has invested $7.6 billion in broadband infrastructure to connect communities from coast to coast.
  • The Government of Canada has also launched an update of the National Broadband Internet Services Map. This interactive tool allows Canadians to find Internet service providers and connection projects in their area.
  • Today, to provide Canadians with the latest information on the government’s progress toward universal high-speed Internet access, the government also released a High Speed ​​Internet Access Panel interactive. The dashboard will allow Canadians to track the progress made in the country and the funds invested by the government for each province and territory.
  • of Remote Internet Satellite Discount Program from the Government of New Brunswick will help connect families located in remote areas not covered by LBU-related projects in the province.

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