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April 22, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario  

Households in rural communities to benefit from the funding to increase access to high-speed Internet

Today, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, along with Marc G. Serre, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Official Languages, highlighted nearly $15.5 million in combined federal and provincial funding for two projects to bring high-speed Internet access to 3,659 households in rural Ontario.

Funding details for these previously announced projects are as follows:

  • $12,900,000 for Bell Canada to improve access for 2,459 households in the communities of Astorville, Bonfield, Calvin, East Ferris, Kiosk, Mattawa and Rutherglen
  • $2,590,000 for Bell Canada to improve access for 1,200 households in the communities of Batchawana Bay, Cartier, Ella Lake, Foleyet, Glendale, Island Lake, Northland Station, Searchmont and Trout Lake

This funding is part of 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 percent of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026, and 100 percent 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.

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