Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism, Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, with Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Strathcona-Sherwood Park, on 16th December 2021, announced an agreement to bring high-speed Internet to the underserved remote, rural and Indigenous communities in Alberta.
Under this partnership, both the government of Alberta and the government of Canada will support projects that will help improve access to high-speed Internet in rural and remote regions throughout the province. The announcements of individual projects will begin in early 2022.
Through this federal-provision partnership, the governments will work collaboratively to select, assess, and co-fund projects submitted through Canada’s Universal Broadband Fund. The government of Canada is matching the Dollar to Dollar to the government of Alberta’s commitment of $150 million, making the total combined funding commitment $300 million.
Paul McLauchlin, President, Rural Municipalities Alberta said, broadband connectivity will create opportunities for children and rural communities. It would enable rural economic development, create smart farms, increase access to health care, improve education, promote rural living and facilitate information sharing to address crime.