TELUS invests $20 million in Bas-Saint-Laurent

(Alexander D’Astous)-TELUS confirms this year a $20 million private investment in Bas-Saint-Laurent to add a new wireless site in Saint-Damase and roll out its PureFibre network in the communities of Saint-Mathieu-Rioux and Lac-des -Aigles , as well as in the Lac Taché sector of the Zec (controlled harvesting zone) in Rimouski.

The investment, combined with a $1.8 million contribution from the governments of Canada and Quebec under the Éclair I component of Opération Haute Vitesse, will help bridge the digital divide by driving digital innovation in businesses. and families, and accelerating the development of virtual health and education services.

“In 2020, Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux entered the digital age with the highly anticipated arrival of mobile coverage in our community,” said Roger Martin, Mayor of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux. Since then, projects have accelerated with the rollout of 5G in 2021 and the arrival of fiber this year, and our community has had the wind in our sails. The population is growing and many new families want to settle in our beautiful part of the country. Investments by TELUS and governments have boosted the economic development of our community and the evolution of its tourist attractions. In terms of connectivity, we now have nothing to envy to the major urban centers. †

99% of families have access to the service

“The 1,400 members of our team and network of partners in Bas-Saint-Laurent are using technology to create a brighter future by bridging the digital divide thanks to our world-class networks,” said Nathalie Dionne, Acting Vice President of Residential Solutions . and TELUS Customer Experience in Quebec. Already 99 percent of the households and businesses in the area we serve in Quebec have access to our PureFibre network, and we continue to invest with the goal of providing high-speed internet to all households by September 2022. We also welcome the commitment of the government of Quebec to improve wireless coverage in our regions, investing $50 million in their most recent budget. Today, fast connectivity is not just a convenience, it is an essential tool to work, play, learn or access better healthcare. Above all, it enables our regions to develop, accelerate their environmental transition and contribute to the influence of their attractions. †


“With the rise of telecommuting and in view of regional social and economic development, access to a high-speed internet connection is essential. Today, jobs, courses, socialization and even medicine take place online, so all Quebec residents should have access to the technologies that allow them to take advantage of them, emphasizes Gilles Bélanger, parliamentary assistant to the Prime Minister of Quebec, a part of high-speed internet. We want a prosperous, modern and forward-looking Quebec, and it is inconceivable that this will happen without high-speed, high-quality Internet service. Thanks to the cooperation with several partners, including TELUS, we have been able to overcome several difficulties in recent months and we are proud of that. †

“This is excellent news for the residents of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux, Lac-des-Aigles and the Lac Taché sector in Rimouski,” said Maxime Blanchette Joncas, Member of Parliament of Bloc Québécois for Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata. — Basques. Any improvement in connectivity in the region represents a concrete step towards a more prosperous and dynamic Bas-Saint-Laurent. Access to the high-speed network has become an essential service for professional, business and personal purposes. It is therefore crucial to keep investing so that everyone can take advantage of the opportunities it brings. †

The projects in detail

TELUS’ investment and government support will accelerate the following projects:

  • Implementing the PureFibre network at nearly 400 homes and businesses communities of Saint-Mathieu-de-Rioux and Lac-des-Aigles, as well as the Lac Taché sector of Zec de Rimouski. These households have access to fiber optics at home, the fastest and most reliable internet technology in the world. It offers blazing-fast symmetrical speeds and nearly unlimited bandwidth, so the entire household can watch content, play video games, and hold video conferences simultaneously. The PureFibre network also powers TELUS’ entire premium line of residential products and services, including a wide selection of healthcare services, as well as advanced security, home automation and entertainment solutions.
  • Construction of a new wireless site in Saint-Damase to expand 5G coverage in the community. As it evolves, 5G technology will help make our cities smarter and greener, transform agriculture, improve healthcare, and accelerate the possibilities of the connected home and self-driving cars.
  • Ongoing support for organizations and families in vulnerable situations in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Since 2000, TELUS and the active and retired members of its team have volunteered more than 600,000 hours and donated more than $10 million in cash to support local organizations, including the Fondation du Center hospitalier régional de Rimouski, the Association of Eastern Quebec, the UQAR Foundation, the Maison La Débrouille and the Friends of the Reford Gardens. In addition, the Mobility for the Future and Internet for the Future programs allow young people in vulnerable situations, the elderly, families and people with disabilities to benefit from services at a lower cost.

“We welcome the private investment of TELUS, as Lac-des-Aigles now has access to the best in high-speed fiber optic internet for homes and businesses,” said Pierre Bossé, Mayor of Lac-des-Aigles. This connectivity has become indispensable today, be it for working online, studying remotely or accessing virtual healthcare. Fiber also enables businesses to equip themselves with the technology tools they need to excel, and our region is now even more attractive to families looking to settle there. †

Continuous investment for a better future

TELUS plans to invest $70 billion in Canada by 2026, including $11 billion in Quebec’s economy, for its infrastructure, operations and spectrum licensing, and to improve the coverage, speed and reliability of its world-class networks. As part of the Lightning I component of Operation High Speed, the provincial and federal governments have awarded TELUS $26 million to roll out high-speed internet to nearly 5,000 homes. The additional investment from TELUS will connect 25,000 additional families and businesses to the PureFibre network in the Eastern Quebec, Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie and Estrie regions by the fall of 2022.

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