This release was issued under a previous government.

The program will assist Saddle Hills County with the design and construction of at least four new tower sites and shelters as well as other associated development costs such as electronic equipment necessary to complete the project.

“We heard very clearly during community consultations for the Rural Economic Development Action Plan that high-speed Internet was an important tool that is necessary to help rural businesses and communities grow. Through the Final Mile program, we are helping more Albertans access the wealth of information and opportunities that are available online.”

Verlyn Olson, Minister, Agriculture and Rural Development

“The Internet is a powerful resource that will enhance the quality of life and business opportunities for residents in this area. From kids researching their homework to local businesses marketing their products online, the Internet opens up new possibilities that support strong and vibrant rural communities.”

Hector Goudreau, MLA, Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley

“We are very pleased to receive support under the Final Mile Rural Community Program and believe that this grant will go a long way towards furthering Saddle Hills County’s project of providing access to Internet services for county residents.”

Alvin Hubert, Reeve, Saddle Hills County

Since 2012, the Final Mile Rural Community Program has invested more than $6.5 million to expand high-speed Internet service in remote and rural locations across the province, including this grant of $500,000 to Saddle Hills County. The program covers up to 75 per cent of eligible Internet infrastructure expenses for municipalities, First Nations and Metis Settlements.

Alberta’s Rural Economic Development Action Plan lays out clear strategies and specific actions to support sustained growth in rural Alberta.

The Action Plan focuses on five key themes:

  • Industry and business development
  • Financial and capital access
  • Attraction, retention and entrepreneurial development
  • Rural business infrastructure capacity
  • Regional and cross-regional collaboration

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