Government of Canada announces over $32 million in funding to provide high-speed Internet access to 4,485 homes in Ontario

Households in rural communities will benefit from funding to increase access to high-speed Internet

OTTAWA (ON), April 22, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Francois DrouinMember of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, highlighted over $32 million in combined federal and provincial funding for a project to provide high-speed Internet access to 4,485 rural households Ontario.

Funding details for these previously announced projects are as follows:

  • $32,100,000 for Bell Canada improve access for 4,485 households in the communities of Berwick, Bourget, Casselman, Clarence Creek, crysler, curran, Spray, Hammond, Kenmore, Limoges, Marionville, Morewood, RizvilleRockland, East Rockland, Russell, Sarsfield, St. Isidore, Vars, Vernon and Wendover

This funding is the result of a collaboration between Ontario and Canada. On July 29, 2021Governments announcement their partnership to support large-scale fiber-based projects that will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 280,000 rural and remote homes across the province. This historic agreement was made possible thanks to a federal-provincial investment totaling more than $1.2 billion.

This investment builds on the progress made by the Government of Canada to ensure that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026 and 100% by 2030. As we strive to recover from COVID-19 pandemic and grow the economy, federal and provincial governments will continue to invest in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient society. Ontario and Canada for All.

As part of its broadband initiative, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is working with the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario improve the commercial viability of projects.

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“We need to bridge the connection gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Ontario has access to reliable high-speed Internet, whether in Sources of oil or Carlsbad Springs or all the way to the shores of lake superior. This investment of over $32 million in funding to connect 4,485 rural households across the province is an important milestone for Ontarians. Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and e-learning services, and keep us connected to loved ones. The Government of Canada will continue to make investments like these to help achieve our national goal of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.”
– The Honorable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“This is great news for rural people. Ontario. High-speed internet access is an essential service that has only been made more vital due to the pandemic. Our government knows the urgent and essential need to connect rural and remote areas across Canada, including Ontario.”
Francois DrouinMember of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Fast facts

  • The projects highlighted today are part of a larger whole announcement made on April 19, 2022by the governments of Canada and Ontario on joint funding of projects to bring high-speed internet access to many communities in regions across Ontario.

  • Canada’s Connectivity Strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.

  • the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $2.75 billion Government of Canada investment to connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national goal of 100% connectivity by 2030. 2030 to connect.

  • On July 29, 2021a Canada-Ontario broadband partnership was announcement. This agreement will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 280,000 homes across Ontario thanks to a total investment of more than $1.2 billionco-funded equally by the two levels of government.

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