Governments of Canada and Ontario invest $54 million to bring high-speed internet access to more than 20,000 homes
All Canadians need reliable high-speed internet, no matter where they live. That is why the governments of Canada and Ontario are taking action to bring high-speed internet access to underserved communities across Ontario.
On July 12, 2023, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Service and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, together with Paul Calandra, Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham–Stouffville, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced $54 million in combined federal and provincial funding to bring high-speed internet access to over 20,000 homes in 83 underserved communities across Ontario.
“This is great news for residents of the under served communities in Simcoe Grey and throughout Ontario and is part of this Government’s ongoing commitment to bring access to reliable high speed internet to every community across the Province by the end of 2025” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson.
Many Simcoe-Grey communities that will benefit from this project are included, as listed below:
Acton, Alliston, Alton, Angus, Anten Mills, Ballinafad, Ballycroy, Barrie, Baxter, Baywood Park, Beeton, Belfountain, Bolton, Bond Head, Borden, Brown Hill, Caledon East, Caledon Village, Camilla, Campbells Cross, Cedar Mills, Cedar Valley, Cheltenham, Claremont, Coldwater, Colgan, Connor, Cookstown, Craighurst, Cundles, Elba, Elmvale, Erin, Everett, Everton, Fergus Hill Estate, Ferndale, Forest Home, Garafraxa Woods, Glencairn, Goodwood, Hillsburgh, Hillsdale, Horseshoe Valley, Inglewood, Ivy, Lakeview, Leaskdale, Lincolnville, Lisle, Loretto, Midhurst, Minesing, Mono Centre, Mono Mills, Mono Road, Moonstone, Mount Albert, New Wasaga Beach, Orangeville, Oro Lea Beach, Oro Park, Orton, Palgrave, Phelpston, Prices Corner, Rosemont, Sandford, Sandhill, Schomberg, Shanty Bay, Siloam, Simcoeside, Stouffville, Tamarac Estates, Terra Cotta, Thornton, Tottenham, Udora, Uxbridge, Warminster, Woodland Beach, Zephyr
Ontario launched a new interactive online map that shows where provincially funded high-speed internet projects are planned, are currently under way or have been recently completed in communities across the province. Ontarians can use the map to search by address, community or municipality to learn about projects happening in their area and find out where high-speed internet service is currently available.
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In November 2022 at a press conference held in New Lowell, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced they were each investing more than $1.7 million to bring high-speed internet access to more than 1,645 families, farms and businesses in Simcoe County.
At that time, Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson thanked Minister Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ontario Government for showing great leadership and prioritizing critical infrastructure like enhanced internet services to support rural communities. “Our residents and businesses will see great benefits from improved internet access, and I will keep working to ensure high-speed internet service is available to every corner of Simcoe-Grey” Saunderson added.
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