OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Chetwynd will receive funding for high-speed internet through a grant from the federal and provincial governments to bring faster internet to rural communities.
The two governments announced government funding of $108 million on Thursday to provide high-speed internet access to 14,000 homes and seven communities in British Columbia, including some First Nations communities.
“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of British Columbia has access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Gudie Hutchings, Canada’s Rural Economic Development Minister.
“Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and e-learning services, improve safety and keep us connected to our loved ones.”
This is part of an existing agreement between the two governments to invest up to $830 million to provide all British Columbians in rural and Indigenous communities with high-speed Internet access.
This announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s desire that Canadians have access to high-speed Internet, 98% coverage by 2026 and 100% coverage by 2030.
The BC government has a provincial goal to include 100% of BC communities by 2027.
Both governments realize the vital role of high-speed internet and mobile connectivity in the economy, especially after the pandemic.
“Connectivity has become an essential tool for accessing services, pursuing higher education and doing business in today’s world. Ensuring that every community has access to high-speed internet is an investment in the success of our province,” said Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Citizen Services.
In a letter to Chetwynd Mayor and Council, Beare mentions his appreciation for the feedback received and the importance of being connected.
The full letter can be viewed below: