Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and Les Producteurs de bovins du Quebec applaud government initiative to launch extensive broadband network in rural Quebec

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and Les Producteurs de bovins du Quebec (PBQ) welcome the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec’s announcement to launch the extensive Canada-Quebec Operation High Speed, providing rural Quebec with reliable connectivity by 2022. Rural Canadians have long known of the challenges of internet access and the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic has made quality access to Internet even more critical.

This announcement is a positive step and CCA strongly encourages the Government of Canada to make work as quickly as possible with partners across the country to ensure all rural Canadians are able to access quality internet.

“The pandemic has emphasized how critical high quality Internet access is to all Canadians, especially in rural communities. I look forward to seeing broadband technology available in all provinces to benefit the 55,000 beef producers across Canada in our day-to-day operations,” said Bob Lowe, CCA President.

“Greater availability of high-speed Internet connectivity supports our operations’ modernization and optimization. We welcome this new collaboration between the provincial and federal government,” said Philippe Alain, PBQ Vice-Chair.

Broadband is a key and necessary investment to build strong rural communities and make rural Canada an attractive place to both live and work. The beef sector is primed to drive Canada’s economic recovery from the pandemic and having reliable internet is a key component of further economic development in rural Quebec and across rural Canada. 

For more information, contact:

Tammy Melesko
Communications Manager
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
403-451-0931 | meleskot@cattle.ca

Julien Levac Joubert
Communications Advisor
Les Producteurs de bovins du Québec
450 679-0540 ext. 8110 | jlevacjoubert@upa.qc.ca