Today, Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, highlighted more than $15 million in combined federal and provincial funding for four projects to bring high-speed Internet access to 1,948 households in rural Ontario.
Funding details for these previously announced projects are as follows:
- $11,657,792 for Mornington Communications Co-operative Limited to improve access for 1,390 households in the communities of Amulree, Crosshill, Dorking, Gads Hill, Hesson, Linwood, Lisbon, Millbank, Milverton, New Hamburg, Poole, Rostock, Shakespeare and Tavistock
- $1,549,300 for Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. to improve access for 260 households in the communities of St. Pauls Station, Rannoch and Wellburn
- $1,192,272 for Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. to improve access for 150 households in the communities of Dublin, Fullarton, Mitchell and Staffa
- $1,076,972 for Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. to improve access for 148 households in the communities of Brodhagen, Mitchell and Rostock
This funding is thanks to a collaboration between Ontario and Canada. On July 29, 2021, the governments announced their partnership to support large-scale, fibre-based projects that will provide high-speed Internet access to more than 280,000 rural and remote households across the province. This historic agreement was made possible by a joint federal-provincial investment totalling more than $1.2 billion.
This investment builds on the Government of Canada’s progress toward ensuring that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026, and 100% by 2030. As we work to rebuild from the COVID‑19 pandemic and grow the economy, the federal and provincial governments will continue to make investments in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient Ontario and Canada for everyone.
Through its broadband initiative, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is collaborating with the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to improve the commercial viability of projects.