Telus announced this week an investment of $11 billion in network infrastructure, operations, and spectrum across Quebec over the next four years.
The investment will generate jobs for 7,000 Quebecers, according to a statement from the company, and connect more than 300,000 homes in the province to PureFibre.
“This generational $11 billion investment in Quebec is a true demonstration of Telus’ long-standing commitment to improving the lives of Canadians by connecting communities from coast-to-coast with our networks,” said Darren Entwistle, CEO.
The announcement follows Telus confirming an investment of $34 billion in Western Canada, creating up to 14,000 new positions through 2026, and is part of a $70 billion total investment across Canada.
“Our broadband technology is supporting critical, transformational change in respect of enabling online healthcare, education and teleworking flexibility, and accelerating Canada’s digital economy and society for heightened productivity, competitiveness and human welfare outcomes in the post-pandemic period,” Entwistle said.
Telus will also continue to expand its wireless coverage and build new wireless sites in rural communities including Ekuanitshit, Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Port-Menier, Saint-Adelphe, Saint-Damase and Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier.
“Optic fibre came to our community very recently, and we’re already enjoying the positive impact of connectivity in our daily lives,” noted Jean-Charles Piétacho, Innu Chief of the Ekuanitshit Innu Council. “It encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and promotes the development of our local economy and tourism.”
Telus is working with the Governments of Quebec and Canada to connect every resident of the province.
“This is excellent news for the province of Quebec,” stated The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development. “Ensuring that all Canadians have access to reliable, high-speed Internet has become increasingly important, and this investment from TELUS will help create jobs, connect Quebecers, and contribute towards building an environmentally sustainable Canada.”