April 21, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario
Rural British Columbians to benefit from increased connectivity to high-speed Internet
Today, Stephane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced over $5 million in funding for ispeed Communications, Swift Internet and TELUS to bring high-speed Internet to over 3,300 households in the following communities:
- ispeed Communications: Coldstream, Deep Creek, Grindrod, Hullcar, Okanagan and Spallumcheen (Splatsin)
- Swift Internet: Arrow Creek, Canyon, Kingsgate, Kitchener, Kuskonook, Lister, Moyie, Sanca, Twin Bays, West Creston, Wynndel and Yahk
- TELUS: Barlow Creek, Blue Springs, Booth Creek, Cherryville, Clearview, Shuswap Falls, south of Smithers, Spruceland and Wilks/Kahn, Ten Mile Lake, Twin Lakes, and Wycliffe
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have partnered to support high-speed Internet projects that will connect all remaining rural households in the province. This historic agreement, announced on March 8, 2022, is being made possible by a joint federal-provincial investment totaling up to $830 million. The governments of Canada and British Columbia are now announcing details of projects selected under that agreement.
Today's announcement builds on the Government of Canada's progress toward making sure that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026. As we work to rebuild from the pandemic, the Government of Canada will continue to make investments in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient Canada for everyone.