June 7, 2021 – Québec, Quebec
Thanks to a total investment of $34.7 million, made as part of Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed, 5,380 households in the Montérégie region will have access to Cogeco high-speed Internet services by September 2022.
The announcement wras made today by Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil–Soulanges; André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region and the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, and Member of the National Assembly for Johnson; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly for Orford; Marilyne Picard, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Social Services (health) and Member of the National Assembly for Soulanges; Louis Lemieux, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Culture and Communications (communications) and Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Jean; MarieChantal Chassé, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economy and Innovation (innovation and entrepreneurship) and Member of the National Assembly for Châteauguay; Jean-Bernard Émond, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education (vocational training) and Member of the National Assembly for Richelieu; Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay–Lacolle; Claire IsaBelle, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon and Chair of the Committee on Labour and the Economy; Chantal Soucy, Second Vice-President of the National Assembly and Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Hyacinthe; and Johanne Hinse, General Manager for Quebec and Vice-President of Programming and Community Relations at Cogeco.
Cogeco will receive a combined amount of $30.6 million from the two levels of government to support the deployment of high-speed Internet services to 5,380 households located in the municipalities listed in the annex. The total cost of the project is $34.7 million. Over the next few weeks, Cogeco will take an inventory of the targeted regions to ensure that no household will be left without service.
High-speed Internet services are considered essential today in a modern society like Quebec’s. Access to high-performance, reliable and affordable Internet services is 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.