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Increasing Access to High-Speed Internet Service in Grey and Bruce Counties

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $3.5 million to bring fast, reliable high-speed internet to 2,570 families, farms and businesses in Grey and Bruce counties.

In partnership with Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc, the completion of construction of broadband infrastructure in Grey County is now providing access to fast, reliable high-speed internet service to more than 1,070 families, farms and businesses in the communities of Holstein, Varney, Orchardville, Maple Lane, Yeovil, Dromore, Tartan, Thistle and Bognor. Both governments combined to invest more than $2.7 million in these projects.

“Raising a family and living or working in a rural community should not limit anyone to receiving internet access,” said Rick Byers, MPP Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound. “I’m really pleased to see these projects in our communities as it will help connect many more businesses and residents to the high-speed internet they need. Thank you to Minister Thompson for bringing this investment forward, an investment that will bring new opportunities for these areas.”

Left-to-right: Rogers employee, Rogers employee, Marnie Miron, Sr. Director, Service Expansion, Rogers. Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson, Newmarket-Aurora MP Tony Van Bynen, Rogers employee, Simcoe County Warden George Cornell. New Tecumseth Mayor Richard Norcross and Clearview Deputy Mayor, Paul Van Staveren

At a media event in New Lowell earlier this fall, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced that 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.

“I am proud that our government continues to deliver on our commitment to expand access to high-speed internet to rural communities across the province,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Providing access to high- speed internet in Simcoe County will help build Ontario and strengthen our important rural communities by helping people stay in touch with loved ones, enabling them to access the supports, while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy.”

“I thank Minister Thompson and the Ontario Government for showing great leadership and prioritizing critical infrastructure like enhanced internet services to support rural communities,” said Brian Saunderson, Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe-Grey. “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.”

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