Third Round of Internet Fibre Expansion

Rural Internet Fibre Expansion in Western Nova Scotia

Western Regional Enterprise Network partners with local municipalities, Develop Nova Scotia, and Bell Canada on fibre-optic Internet builds

Western Nova Scotia, January 25, 2021

The Western Regional Enterprise Network (Western REN) has been working in partnership with the Municipalities of the Districts of Argyle, Barrington, Digby and Yarmouth, Develop Nova Scotia, and Bell Canada to bring fibre-optic service to 1, 060 underserved homes and businesses in Western Nova Scotia.

This represents the third round of funding received from the Nova Scotia Internet Funding trust, with previous rounds bringing fibre-optic service to over 7,000 homes and businesses in the region. In this third and final round, the service will extend into some of the hardest to reach areas within the region.

“Our team and partners have worked hard towards this outcome and we are all very excited. We will continue to work with our municipal partners to support them in closing the final gaps” said Angelique Leblanc, CEO of Western REN. “This project has come at a critical time for businesses and residents, where many of our region’s businesses, employees and students need a reliable internet connection to continue business operations and implement work from home scenarios.”

The Western REN has been working with the Municipalities of the Districts of Argyle, Barrington, Digby, and Yarmouth, as well as industry to identify the region’s needs around high-speed internet. The Western REN continues to support the municipalities as the project moves through this third and final round of internet expansion.

Project Details:

The project will provide residences and businesses with access to Bell’s all-fibre network, offering residents download speeds up to 1.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps), the fastest home internet speeds in the country, in addition to television and phone services. Work on this segment of the project is expected to be completed by end of 2023, though some areas may be completed sooner.

For further information, contact:

Media – Alyson Duffy, Communications Coordinator, Western Regional Enterprise Network, at 902-478-2597 or by email at

Service questions – Evan Nemeth, Economic Development Officer, Western Regional Enterprise Network, at 902-308-8650, or by email at