Government of Canada

07/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 10:55

Rural communities of La Glace and Valhalla Centre, Alberta, will benefit from faster Internet

Residents to get new or faster Internet access thanks to Government of Canada investment

July 10, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario

Canadians understand the importance of building communities. They have always invested in ways to better connect with each other-from the St. Lawrence Seaway to the national railroad system to the Trans-Canada Highway. Those investments now need to reflect the increasingly digital world.

That is why the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, today announced funding of $472,438 for GPNetworks to bring new or improved high-speed Internet access and capacity to the communities of La Glace and Valhalla Centre in the county of Grande Prairie, Alberta.

As a result of this investment, residents of La Glace and Valhalla Centre will be able to connect with family and friends, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.

Connect to Innovate is investing in building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.

The funding announced today builds on numerous steps the Government of Canada has taken to improve Internet access for Canadians. High-speed Internet access is essential for Canadians in rural and remote communities to thrive in the digital economy. High-Speed Access for All: Canada's Connectivity Strategy is the Government's plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians will have access to affordable high-speed Internet, no matter where they live. It also commits to improving mobile wireless coverage where Canadians live and work, as well as along major highways and roads.