Governments of Canada and Ontario announce $56 million investment for rural Internet services

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The governments of Canada and Ontario will collectively provide $56 million in funding to bring high-speed Internet to 6,500 homes.

The funding will cover six projects in First Nations communities and homes in rural northern and southwestern Ontario.

This decision is part of initiatives by both governments to bring high-speed Internet to homes across the province.

“Reliable high-speed Internet allows us to learn, go to school and work remotely, and it allows small businesses to serve their customers. But too many rural communities still lack access to high-speed internet,” said Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Premier. “Broadband access is essential to our country’s economic growth and recovery, and our government is committed to ensuring that no community is left behind.

The two governments also shared details Tuesday of a $1.2 billion funding announcement they made collectively in July 2021. The money will bring high-speed internet to nearly 280,000 rural households across the country. Ontario.

  • Bell has received seven contracts totaling more than $173 million to bring high-speed Internet to approximately 28,155 homes.
  • Cogeco won five contracts worth $23.8 million to bring the Internet to 4,482 homes.
  • Digital Infrastructure Group received a contract worth $45 million benefiting 13,448 households.
  • Execulink Telecom was awarded a contract worth $3.6 million benefiting 656 households.
  • The Huron Telecommunications Co-operative won five contracts worth approximately $4.5 million to bring high-speed Internet to 897 homes.
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak received two contracts worth $59.4 million benefiting 3,242 households.
  • Matawa First Nations Management received a contract worth $62.6 million benefiting 689 households.
  • Mornington Communications has been awarded a contract worth $11.6 million to bring high-speed Internet to 1,390 homes.
  • Quadro Communications was awarded three contracts worth $3.8 million benefiting 558 households.
  • Tuckersmith Communications has been awarded a contract worth $10.6 million to bring high-speed Internet to 1,191 homes.
  • Vianet received $352,850 to help 117 households.

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Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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