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High-Speed Internet Coming to Provencher

Minister Tony Clement and MP Ted Falk announce Government of Canada to bring high-speed Internet services to over 4,500 homes in Provencher

May 20, 2015 – La Broquerie, Manitoba

Everyday tasks that were once done in person, such as shopping, communicating, learning and banking, are now done online. To help Canadians have better access to these and many other online services, Treasury Board President, Tony Clement and Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, were in La Broquerie, Manitoba today to announce that over 4,500 homes in Provencher will soon benefit from access to high-speed Internet services.

The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to rural Canadians to connect an additional 280,000 households in rural and remote regions of the country to high-speed Internet at minimum speeds of five megabits per second (Mbps). Much of this will be completed by the time Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017.

Last summer, the Government completed the first step, inviting Canadians to provide feedback online to help better determine areas in need of high-speed Internet access. Once information was received from individual Canadians and governments across the country, Industry Canada invited Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to submit proposals for funding under Connecting Canadians to build wireless or wired infrastructure that will provide services to rural and remote communities in need.

The Government is partnering with dozens of ISPs to build the necessary wireless or wired infrastructure across the country that will bring an additional 280,000 Canadian households high-speed Internet access. By Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, over 98 percent of Canadian households will be able to subscribe to new or improved high-speed Internet services, delivering on the Harper Government’s commitment to Canadians.

For Canadians who live in communities with slow or no Internet, access to high-speed services will lead to new economic opportunities and the creation of new jobs, products and services.

Quick facts

• Connecting Canadians delivers on the Government of Canada’s commitment in Economic Action Plan 2014 to bring high-speed Internet access to an additional 280,000 Canadian households in rural and remote regions of the country.
• Successful Internet service providers will be expected to provide services at speeds of at least 5 Mbps to rural Canadians that currently have slower or no Internet access.
• The first projects are expected to be completed by the time Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
• Industry Canada received over 300 applications to the Connecting Canadians program from Internet service providers across Canada.
• Every province and territory across the country will benefit under the Connecting Canadians program. Announcements of individual projects will be made throughout the spring and summer.


“Today’s announcement marks the next important phase in our Government’s plan to bring the benefits of high-speed Internet to communities in rural and remote regions across the country. Providing Canadians with access to high-speed Internet for learning, business opportunities and so much more is key to creating a more connected, digital Canada.”
– Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board

“Today’s broadband infrastructure announcement is great news for Provencher. The Harper Government understands the importance of high-speed Internet access for communities like ours. Connecting Canadians demonstrates the Government’s commitment to delivering for rural Canadians.”
– Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher

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Areas that will receive broadband service: (Provider – Net-Set Communications)

Municipality Technology Households
Alexander Wireless 185
De Salaberry Wireless 64
Division No. 1, Unorganized Wireless 26
Emerson Wireless 119
Franklin Wireless 326
Hanover Wireless 114
La Broquerie Wireless 312
Lac du Bonnet Wireless 372
Montcalm Wireless 178
Morris Wireless 374
Niverville Wireless 3
Pinawa Wireless 126
Piney Wireless 559
Powerview-Pine Falls Wireless 33
Reynolds Wireless 157
Ritchot Wireless 84
Roseau Rapids 2A Wireless 7
Roseau River 2 Wireless 63
Springfield Wireless 571
Ste. Anne Wireless 118
Steinbach Wireless 3
St-Pierre-Jolys Wireless 7
Stuartburn Wireless 396
Taché Wireless 227
Whitemouth Wireless 142
Total Households 4,567

Connecting Canadians

For most Canadians, access to affordable and reliable broadband networks is an important part of everyday life; however, communities outside urban centres often face challenges in accessing Internet service levels comparable to those in cities due to factors such as remote location and challenging terrain.

In the 2013 Speech from the Throne, the Government committed to continue working to make high-speed broadband networks available for rural Canadians. Enhancing and extending access will create jobs, growth and prosperity for rural and northern Canadians by increasing their ability to participate in the digital economy. Additionally, small and medium-sized businesses will benefit by having increased access to information and markets.

To keep pace with the needs of Canadians in rural and northern communities, the Government stated, in Economic Action Plan 2014, that it would contribute $305 million over five years to extend and enhance broadband service to a minimum target speed of five megabits per second (Mbps) for an additional 280,000 Canadian households.

Timeline of Connecting Canadians

Summer 2014—Launch of Connecting Canadians

Canadians were invited to provide feedback to Industry Canada to help better determine areas in need of high-speed Internet service.

Fall 2014—Call for applications

Once areas in need of greater access to high-speed Internet were determined, Industry Canada issued a call for applications for Internet service providers (ISPs) to submit proposals under Connecting Canadians to build the needed wireless or wired infrastructure.

Spring & summer 2015—Select projects conditionally approved

Industry Canada received over 300 applications to the Connecting Canadians program from ISPs. Applications underwent a national competitive assessment process to identify projects that offer the greatest value for Canadians in terms of extending robust, affordable broadband service to Canadian households.

The first round of successful projects will be announced beginning in May 2015.

2015—Construction begins

Once projects have received final approval, ISPs will begin construction on their wireless or wired infrastructure projects.

2017 onwards—280,000 households connected to high-speed Internet

Once projects are completed, Canadians can subscribe to new or improved services from providers.

For Further Information:
Office of Ted Falk, MP
1 866 333-1933
Connecting Canadians Announcement

Le ministre Tony Clement et le député Ted Falk annoncent que le gouvernement du Canada fournira un accès Internet haute vitesse à plus de 4500 foyers de Provencher.

Le 20 mai 2015 – La Broquerie (Manitoba)

Plusieurs tâches quotidiennes autrefois effectuées en personne – magasinage, communications, formation, transactions bancaires, etc. – se font maintenant en ligne. Afin d’offrir aux Canadiens un meilleur accès à ces services et à bien d’autres, le président du Conseil du Trésor, Tony Clement, et le député de Provencher, Ted Falk, se sont rendus aujourd’hui à La Broquerie, au Manitoba, pour annoncer que quelque 4500 foyers de Provencher obtiendraient bientôt un accès au service Internet haute vitesse.

Le gouvernement du Canada concrétise son engagement à l’égard des Canadiens des régions rurales en donnant à 280 000 foyers supplémentaires des régions rurales et éloignées du pays un accès au service Internet haute vitesse d’au moins cinq mégabits par seconde (Mb/s). La plupart d’entre eux devraient être connectés pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, en 2017.

L’été dernier, le gouvernement a mené la première phase du projet en invitant les Canadiens à formuler des commentaires en ligne afin de mieux cerner les régions ayant besoin d’un accès à Internet haute vitesse. Une fois l’information recueillie auprès des citoyens et des administrations de tout le pays, Industrie Canada a invité les fournisseurs de services Internet à soumettre des propositions en vue d’obtenir un financement au titre du programme Un Canada branché pour construire des infrastructures sans fil ou câblées dans les collectivités rurales et éloignées où des besoins ont été recensés.

Le gouvernement, en partenariat avec des dizaines de fournisseurs de services Internet, construit dans tout le pays les infrastructures sans fil ou câblées nécessaires pour fournir à 280 000 nouveaux foyers un accès au service Internet haute vitesse. D’ici le 150e anniversaire du Canada en 2017, plus de 98 % des foyers canadiens pourront s’abonner à des services Internet haute vitesse nouveaux ou améliorés, ce qui concrétisera pleinement l’engagement du gouvernement Harper à l’égard des Canadiens.

Une connexion à haute vitesse permettra aux Canadiens vivant dans des collectivités qui n’ont pas accès à Internet ou qui ont seulement accès à des services à faible débit d’avoir accès à des possibilités économiques, à des emplois et à de nouveaux produits et services.

Les faits en bref

• Grâce au programme Un Canada branché, le gouvernement du Canada concrétise l’engagement pris dans le Plan d’action économique de 2014 en vue d’étendre la couverture des services Internet haute vitesse à 280 000 ménages canadiens supplémentaires dans les régions rurales et éloignées du pays.
• Les fournisseurs de services Internet retenus devront offrir des services Internet à une vitesse d’au moins 5 Mb/s qui n’ont pas accès à Internet ou qui ont seulement accès à des services à faible débit.
• On s’attend à ce que les premiers projets soient achevés d’ici le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération, en 2017.
• Dans le cadre du programme Un Canada branché, Industrie Canada a reçu plus de 300 demandes de fournisseurs de services Internet d’un bout à l’autre du Canada.
• Tous les territoires et provinces bénéficieront du programme Un Canada branché. Des annonces visant les différents projets seront faites tout au long du printemps et de l’été.


« L’annonce d’aujourd’hui marque la prochaine phase importante de notre plan visant à étendre les bénéfices de la couverture du service Internet haute vitesse aux collectivités des régions rurales et éloignées du pays. Si nous voulons créer un Canada pleinement numérique et branché, il est essentiel que tous les Canadiens puissent avoir accès à Internet haute vitesse pour profiter des possibilités d’apprentissage, des débouchés commerciaux et de bien d’autres avantages qui en découlent. »
– Le président du Conseil du Trésor, Tony Clement

« Les mesures annoncées aujourd’hui au sujet de l’infrastructure à large bande sont une bonne nouvelle pour Provencher. Le gouvernement Harper reconnaît l’importance de l’accès au service Internet haute vitesse pour des collectivités comme les nôtres. Le programme Un Canada branché témoigne de l’engagement du gouvernement à servir les Canadiens en milieu rural. »
– Le député de Provencher, Ted Falk

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