Stephen-HarperPond Inlet, Nunavut: Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced $50 million toward the northern component of the Connecting Canadians program – a key component of the Digital Canada 150 strategy.

For Canadians living in rural and remote parts of the country, having access to high speed broadband Internet brings with it new opportunities for entrepreneurship as well as access to new services. The northern component of this program will bring broadband at speeds of 3 to 5 megabits per second (Mbps) to the remote, satellite-dependent northern communities of Nunavut and the Nunavik region of northern Quebec.

Through the northern component of the Connecting Canadians program, the Government of Canada will work with Internet service providers to support the connection of approximately 12,000 households. A call for applications will be held in the fall of 2014, and the program will roll out over the next five years.

Between 2009 and 2012, the Government’s Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program supported the delivery of broadband to nearly 220,000 previously unserved households. As technology has evolved, and the scope and scale of the digital economy continues to expand to new markets and inspire new innovations, Connecting Canadians is about building on the success of the Broadband Canada program.