Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, July 14, 2021 – Videotron is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Québec, that it has been selected under Canada-Québec Operation High-Speed to connect more than 5,300 households in the Capitale-Nationale region to high-speed Internet by September 30, 2022. The announcement was made today by Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier of Québec, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region; Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and MP for Québec; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Québec (high-speed Internet); and Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor.
The homes that will be connected are located in 22 municipalities in the regional county municipalities of Charlevoix, Charlevoix-Est, La Côte-de-Beaupré, La Jacques-Cartier, Portneuf and Québec. Over the next few months, Videotron will survey the territory to make sure no address is left unserved.
Today, high-speed Internet is considered an essential service. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for Québec’s rural communities to have access to 21st-century digital infrastructure. After a decades-long wait, almost all outlying communities will have access to the same level of service as is available in the big cities. The projects funded under Canada–Québec Operation High Speed are key to Québec’s digital shift. They will make it easier to access telemedicine, distance education, entertainment, online retail and telework.
A full product line-up and the best customer experience
The newly connected households will be able to subscribe to Helix, Videotron’s new home entertainment and connected lifestyle experience. Its voice remote capabilities, ultra-smart Wi-Fi and support for home automation will make Helix a welcome addition in many rural Québec households.
In addition, more Quebecers will soon be able to enjoy the best customer experience, at the same price as in the major urban centres. Not only do the households targeted by this project lack access to high-speed Internet, but they are often paying too much for inferior technology. This will end with Videotron’s arrival.
“This announcement marks a major step forward on this issue in Québec. Thanks to this Ottawa-Québec partnership, which also brings together Internet service providers, we will break down the technical barriers we’ve been dealing with since 2015. Together, we will ensure that every household and every business in the Capitale-Nationale region has access to high-speed Internet by September 2022.”
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board and MP for Québec
“I’m proud to be joining my colleagues to announce that 5,320 households in the Capitale-Nationale region will have access to Videotron’s high-speed Internet services by September 2022. It’s another step toward our goal of providing reliable, affordable access to powerful service throughout Québec. We are investing heavily to make Québec the leader in connectivity.”
Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Québec (high-speed Internet)
“Videotron is proud to have been chosen to connect these homes in the region to high-speed Internet. With this announcement, the entire Capitale-Nationale region will have high-speed Internet access. By September 2022, 5,320 more households will be able to enjoy the best in telecommunications, with the best service, at the best price.”
Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor
- Operation High Speed is a joint initiative by the governments of Canada and Québec to connect 148,000 households that are still without high-speed Internet. Videotron will be responsible for connecting 37,000 of these homes.
- Videotron will build a fibre optic-based new-generation network that supports speeds well above the 50/10 Mbps required by the government.
- Local residents will have access to Helix, Videotron’s new home entertainment and connected lifestyle experience.
- See the full list of municipalities that will be served by Videotron.
- The new connections include the households that are being connected under the Régions branchées project. Videotron will begin work immediately and the project will be completed by September 30, 2022.
If you live in a currently underserved community and have questions, visit our website to follow the project’s progress.
Videotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in television, entertainment, Internet access, wireline telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its Helix home entertainment and management platform. As of March 31, 2021, Videotron was serving 1,459,100 cable television customers and 477,900 subscribers to its Club illico video streaming service. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,807,400 subscribers as of March 31, 2021. As of the same date, Videotron had 1,503,200 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing wireline telephone service to 897,700 Québec households and organizations. Videotron has ranked as Québec’s most respected telecommunications company every year for the past 16 years.
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