Through JohnQ, the Winnipeg METRO Region’s municipal participation corporation, we have been working hard to ensure our growing region has the high-speed Internet infrastructure it needs to build better lives for residents, to ensure we are globally competitive so business and industry can thrive, and to reduce costs, so we can get the most out of every taxpayers’ dollar.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) for their generous support for this project.
JohnQ Gets Winnipeg METRO Region Ready for Increased Internet Access
Foundational first step moves Manitoba closer to fast, reliable and affordable high speed connectivity
June 20, 2019 – JohnQ’s high-speed Internet project – Connecting to Opportunity – broke ground today at CentrePort Canada, North America’s largest tri-modal inland port. This foundational first step moves the growing METRO Region one step closer to fast, reliable and affordable high-speed Internet.
“With 64% of the total population of Manitoba and 70% of the GDP, it is important to have access to high-speed Internet in the METRO Region that will increase our competitiveness, to create good jobs and improve the quality of life for residents.” said Brad Erb, Chair of JohnQ.
“The Internet is a connector, literally through its pipes, but, more importantly, by connecting people with opportunities,” said David Fowler, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) vice-president of marketing and communications.” Connecting to Opportunity is exactly the type of project we had in mind when we developed our Community Investment Program. As part of CIRA’s commitment to build a better online Canada, we’re proud to see the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region break ground today as they begin work to bring broadband to all Manitobans.”
This project, a stand-alone portion of JohnQ’s Connecting to Opportunity fibre optic initiative, lays the groundwork for further projects that aim to deliver high-speed Internet and connect Manitoba’s businesses, farms, homes and institutions. The project is breaking ground at CentrePort Canada, which has seen a significant amount of new industrial activity.