MP Brenda Shanahan is pleased to announce that the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec are both contributing $2.4 million to a TARGO Communications project—worth more than $5.9 million—that will roll out high-speed Internet in 35 communities in the des Jardins-de-Napierville, Beauharnois-Salaberry, Roussillon, Haut-Richelieu, and Haut‑Saint-Laurent MRC regions. This project is expected to bring 2,096 households online.
Funding for this project is made possible through the federal Connect to Innovate program and the provincial Québec branché program. Brenda Shanahan and the Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, Stéphane Billette, made the announcement in St‑Michel, at the des Jardins-de-Napierville MRC region office, on behalf of the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, and the provincial Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, Dominique Anglade.
Connect to Innovate
Connect to Innovate, which is a $500 million program, will extend and enhance broadband service in Canadian rural and remote communities. A total of 22 projects have been selected to connect communities across the country.
“This announcement is some of the best news Châteauguay–Lacolle has seen since I am in office,” says Brenda Shanahan. “As of 2015, I’ve made connectivity a priority, since about 12 of our 15 municipalities have connectivity issues. I have been working diligently with our Rural Caucus and our Digital Caucus to ensure that our government develops a flexible program that meets the needs of rural communities. Access to high-quality Internet is essential to fostering economic development, improving quality of life, retaining youth, and attracting families. This is exactly what Connect to Innovate and Québec branché offer together.”
“The MRC is pleased to announce that the government projects implemented by our elected officials have borne fruit,” comments the Prefect, Paul Viau. “We thank the federal and provincial governments for listening to residents, farmers, business, industry, and organizations across the region, which are in dire need of fast, reliable Internet access. As elected officials in the region, we are very proud to have made this a reality to help connect and improve our community.”
“Access to high-speed Internet is not a luxury; it’s essential,” adds federal minister Navdeep Bains. “High-speed Internet services are basic tools that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need these services to do business and build stronger communities. Our government recognizes that innovation takes place everywhere in Canada, both in cities and rural areas. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, Canadians will be better able to seize the opportunities offered by the digital economy.”
Photo: Maude Laberge, Prefect of the Beauharnois-Salaberry MRC region and Mayor of Ste-Martine, Paul Viau, Prefect of the des Jardins-de-Napierville MRC region and Mayor of the Canton de Hemmingford, Jean-Claude Poissant, Member of Parliament for La Prairie, Brenda Shanahan, Stéphane Billette, provincial minister and MNA for Huntingdon, and Réal Ryan, Prefect of the Haut-Richelieu MRC region.