Northern Labrador broadband services will be expanded thanks in part to investments by the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Federal and provincial governments, along with partners the Nunatsiavut Government, the Mushuau Innu First Nation, Bell Aliant and Vale, will invest a total of $3 million to enhance the existing microwave radio system currently serving the Inuit communities of Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale and Nain, as well as the Mushuau Innu First Nation in Natuashish.
“In today’s world, it’s important for Indigenous people, and all Canadians, no matter where we live, to have access to a strong, reliable high-speed Internet. I am very pleased to see plans are moving forward to enhance and expand broadband to regions of northern Labrador. We all agree that access to the digital world is imperative to growing our economy, educating Canadians, and protecting the health and safety of remote communities from coast to coast to coast.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- The Government of Canada is investing $650,000 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund and $650,000 through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
- The Nunatsiavut Government is investing $500,000.
- The Mushuau Innu First Nation is investing $300,000.
- The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is investing $200,000 through the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.
- Vale is investing $500,000.
- Bell Aliant is investing $200,000.