Local Communities Receiving High-Speed InternetMarch 6, 2023
NIPISSING – All Ontarians need reliable and affordable high-speed Internet, no matter where they live. The governments of Ontario and Canada are taking action to bring high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved communities.
Today, both provincial and federal governments announced over $61 million in combined funding for six projects by Bell Canada, the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre and Keewaytinook Okimakanak. This investment will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 16,000 homes in 47 rural Ontario communities and 3 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Local communities include:
- East Ferris
- Hornell Heights
- Nipissing Beach
- Nipissing Junction
- North Bay
- Trout Creek
“In our increasingly digital world, being disconnected means being disadvantaged. That’s why our government is working hard to improve high-speed internet access for communities across Northern Ontario,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing.
This project being announced today is part of an existing partnership 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 households and businesses across the province. This historic agreement was made possible by a joint provincial-federal investment totaling more than $1.2 billion.
Today’s announcement brings Ontario closer to achieving its goal of making high-speed internet accessible in every community across the province by the end of 2025.
- The Ontario government is investing nearly $4 billion to bring access to reliable high-speed internet to every community across the province by the end of 2025. This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history.
- As of February 2023, Ontario has finalized agreements of more than $2.2 billion for nearly 200 high-speed internet and cellular projects across the province.
- Ontario Connects: making high-speed Internet accessible in every community
- Ontario Builds: our infrastructure plan