Digital Economy action plan revealed
The Union des municipalites du Quebec (UMQ) welcomed the Action Plan for a digital economy unveiled by Premier Philippe Couillard and the Minister of the Economy, Science and Innovation and for digital strategy, Dominique Anglade, on Friday.
“We can only be happy with this action plan, since it directly fits in with our wish to rethink and stimulate the economic development in our regions, one of the beacon files at the UMQ that we emphasized to Minister Anglade earlier this year,” commented the president of the UMQ and mayor of Sherbrooke, Bernard Sevigny.
The action plan and new strategy of the government recognizes the crucial role of ‘intelligent’ municipalities and territories. They were conceived in collaboration with local governments, citizens, businesses and organizations, so that each could be heard.
The UMQ also welcomes with enthusiasm the announcement of Quebec branché, a cofinanced program with the federal government which supports the putting in place of digital infrastructures to offer wide band internet access to municipalities and rural communities that are often underserved. The regions will need to make a report of the internet coverage on their territory to better identify the needs and decide on the required interventions. For the UMQ, it is important to ensure a targeted dialogue that takes into account the realities and specific needs of each municipality in each region.