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Ontario Invests in Telecommunications in the Rainy River District

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Ontario Invests in Telecommunications in the Rainy River District

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ontario is investing in high speed internet and cellular service in the Rainy River District, providing communities and businesses with modernized information and communications technology infrastructure.

With an investment of $796,200 from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Rainy River Future Development Corporation will bring enhanced internet access to residents in seven First Nation communities, nine municipalities and 13 unincorporated townships. The project will also extend cell coverage along sections of Highway 11 between Couchiching First Nation and the Town of Rainy River.

This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.

The government's plan to build Ontario up is supported by a number of initiatives, including broadening the ownership of Hydro One -- an approach that raises billions for infrastructure. 

Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.

Investing in information and communications technology infrastructureis part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,870 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,800 jobs.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in telecommunications infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“Providing Northern residents and businesses with access to high speed internet and cellular networks ensures better access to global markets and economic opportunity. Improvements to information and communications technology infrastructure in the North create new employment prospects and social benefits that will have a lasting impact throughout the Rainy River District.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Reliable access to high speed internet will see benefits for businesses and residents, leading to new opportunities for education, health care and tourism for our region. We commend and thank the NOHFC for its commitment to extend telecommunications services in the North.”

Jan Beazley

Chair – Rainy River Future Development Corporation

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