Canada's New Government connects 100 per cent of Nova Scotia to broadband



    Building Canada: Stronger, safer, better

    ELMSDALE, NS, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister
of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency,
on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, together with the Honourable Brooke Taylor,
Minister of Agriculture, on behalf of Premier Rodney MacDonald, today
announced that their respective governments have committed to providing to
100 percent broadband coverage in Nova Scotia by 2009 as a priority under
Building Canada, the Government of Canada's new long-term infrastructure plan.
Canada will cost share with the province, providing up to 50 percent of total
eligible costs for the public sector funding component of this initiative.
    "As part of its Building Canada infrastructure plan, Canada's New
Government is investing in priority infrastructure initiatives that support a
growing economy, a cleaner environment, and a more secure Canada," said
Minister MacKay. "Access to broadband is an essential tool that will help
improve access to important services and promote the economic prosperity of
rural and remote communities here in Nova Scotia and across Canada."
    The Province of Nova Scotia is currently in the process of selecting
qualified service provider(s) to deliver broadband connectivity to unserved
communities across the province that will ensure 100 percent coverage for the
province.
    "Having the federal government contribute to our broadband initiative is
another important milestone for this project," said Minister Taylor on behalf
of Premier MacDonald. "Access to broadband service is critical and that is why
the Government of Nova Scotia is committed to expanding access across the
province by the end of 2009."
    Federal financial support is conditional on the initiative meeting all
applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada
infrastructure plan and successful negotiations with the Province of Nova
Scotia of a Framework Agreement and a subsequent funding agreement.

    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better country. Over the last several months,
the Government of Canada has met with provinces, territories and the municipal
sector to discuss the Building Canada infrastructure plan with a view to
signing agreements and beginning to fund projects under the plan.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148


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