NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY -The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Rural Economic Development Ministry today announced Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy and new Connectivity Strategy.
The Rural Economic Development Strategy outlines ways to maximize federal investments to improve the quality and resiliency of community infrastructure, create good jobs, support trade and investment, strengthen skills, and welcome newcomers in rural areas such as Nickel Belt-Greater Sudbury. It also sets the stage for stronger collaboration and long-term strategic investments to respond to the specific needs of rural communities and commits the Government of Canada to adopt a rural perspective when making decisions on federal programs, policies, and initiatives.
High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy is the Government’s plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians have access to affordable, high-speed Internet, no matter where they live. It also commits to improve mobile wireless coverage where Canadians live, work and play.
MP Serré believes wholeheartedly and lives by the motto that “greater results evolve through collaborative efforts with all levels of Government.” This motto put into action will enable municipalities despite their size or geographical location to attain the tools required to grow and sustain their economies. An open dialog with Municipal leaders is crucial to ensure their needs and priorities are communicated to their provincial and federal counterparts.
As former Chair of the National Rural Caucus and former Chair and current member of the Northern Ontario caucus, MP Serré recognizes the fundamental contributions that both caucus’ have made which ultimately inspired the creation of the Rural Economic Development Ministry. The advocacy and recommendations from the caucus members paved the way so the Ministry of Rural Economic Development could create these strategies and call upon the federal government to allocate additional funds for broadband expansion in Budget 2019. Working collaboratively with a team of rural Northern Ontario Liberal MPs, MP Serré will continue to advocate for more resources for the North and will continue to strive to deliver even greater results.
“Canada’s rural communities play an important role in our country’s social and economic well-being. By working to provide high-speed Internet and greater mobile access to rural Canada, working with our partners and finding ways to maximize federal investments; we will help unlock rural opportunity for all. Together, these strategies will serve as a roadmap for the long-term success and prosperity of rural Canada.”-The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“Since 2015 I have toured every corner of my riding and beyond to meet with and hear the concerns and issues from residents, labour leaders, as well as the business and academic communities. The feedback received provided a resonating consensus that improving broadband and having a greater focus on rural issues remains a priority for all. Improving connectivity will allow our area to grow and prosper, ease youth outmigration and not only attract but retain newcomers. These are key elements to improving the job markets and growing communities. I commend our government for listening to the voices of rural Canadians and acknowledging the unique challenges that our regions face. The implementation of both strategies will have a positive impact for generations to come.” – MP Nickel Belt, Marc Serré
- The Government has proposed an ambitious plan to ensure that every household in Canada, no matter how rural or remote, has access to high-speed Internet and mobile wireless services.
- Through Budget 2019, the Government has proposed historic investments of up to $6 billion for high-speed connectivity. New investments in the Connect to Innovate program are a key part of this funding.
- Through the Connect to Innovate program, the Government is extending high-speed Internet service to 900 rural and remote communities – of which 190 are Indigenous – with an impact on 380,000 households. Further investments will be announced shortly.
- Through the $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, Canada’s rural and northern communities are benefitting from a renewal of public infrastructure that includes investments in roads, bridges and highways; water treatment systems; cleaner, more affordable sources of electricity; storm-water systems and natural barriers that reduce the risk of flooding brought on by extreme weather events.
- $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities; and
- $400 million is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to deliver cleaner, more affordable electricity to residents living in Canada’s territories
Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada[https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html]
High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy [http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/139.nsf/eng/h_00002.html]Rural
Economic Development Website: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/index-eng.html
Get-Connected Web Portal: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/139.nsf/eng/h_00000.html
Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2019/home-accueil-en.html
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt