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The MRC d'Argenteuil building in Lachute. Photo: James Morgan

MRC d’Argenteuil receives additional funding for pandemic-related digital upgrades

The Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) d’Argenteuil has received funding from the Québec government for pandemic-related digital infrastructure improvements.

On April 1, Québec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Andrée Laforest, and Argenteuil member of the legislature Agnès Grondin, announced that $819,277 will be granted to the MRC d’Argenteuil to help the regional government bear the additional costs caused by the pandemic and better develop its digital infrastructure and technological tools.

In the fall of 2020, to compensate for lost income and expenses, caused by COVID-19, the Québec government announced that $800 million would be disbursed to local municipalities by March 31, 2021.

An additional amount was also reserved for regional governments in order to address any unforeseen repercussions caused by the pandemic, including insufficient technological resources, so additional funding of $80 million was granted to regional governments.

“This financial assistance will certainly have a positive impact on the economic vitality of the region, in addition to helping to improve the performance of technological services made available to the population,” said Grondin.

The $819,277 being granted to the MRC d’Argenteuil will be used for improvement of local internet service so that existing jobs can be maintained, and new jobs created while many people are working from home.

The MRC d’Argenteuil has been investing heavily in local internet improvement during the past two years, including through its fibre-optic subsidiary, Fibre Argenteuil.