Canada's government has dedicated more than CAN$250,000 - approximately US$240,100 - improve video conferencing technology in the western part of the nation.
The funding will be provided by the federal Western Economic Diversification Fund, a program designed to invest in innovation, entrepreneurship and community economic development. The program supports of a number of partnerships with other sectors of the government to help western Canada recover from the economic crisis and achieve new heights of economic productivity.
"Our government recognizes that strong, vibrant communities are essential to our economy," said Kelly Block, member of parliament for Saskatoon-Rosewater-Biggar, who announced the funding. "This project will help strengthen our communities by providing improved access to important programs and training resources for rural entrepreneurs."
The upgraded connectivity and video conferencing systems will reach 200 communities rural western Canada through the Western Canada Business Service Network. Because many of these communities are rural, video conferencing will be especially useful. The technology allows businesses to communicate across long distances even when weather conditions, time constraints or fuel costs may prohibit travel.