Telus announced this week a $17 billion investment in BC.
The investment will build and upgrade network infrastructure, operations, and spectrum across the province of British Columbia. It will be spread across four years and is part of a broader $70 billion investment across Canada over the same time span.
“This generational investment in British Columbia is a true demonstration of Telus’ long-standing commitment to improving the lives of Canadians by connecting communities from coast-to-coast,” said Darren Entwistle, CEO.
“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,” he added.
Telus expects to generate more than 5,000 jobs in BC through 2026 across its partner ecosystem.
“Through our investment, we are supporting the social and economic vibrancy of British Columbia and ensuring that every member of our society has access to the technology that yields the opportunity to realize their full potential,” said Entwistle.
Telus says it is helping to rebuild Merritt following last year’s significant flooding across the region, as well as Lytton following 2021’s devastating wildfire.
“This is excellent news for the province of British Columbia,” stated the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development.
Telus also plans to connect hundreds of thousands more homes and businesses across BC including Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Parksville, Prince George, and Squamish.