Dig­i­tal Econ­omy ac­tion plan re­vealed

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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