Ontario Making Unprecedented Infrastructure Investments in the North
Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Since April, the province has announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Today, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle, was in Thunder Bay at Tbaytel to announce a new investment of $749,679 through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). This funding will extend modern fibre optic services to more than 2,000 homes and businesses within Fort William First Nation and the Municipalities of Shuniah, Oliver-Paipoonge, and Neebing. The project includes deploying fibre for high-speed broadband Internet directly to underserviced customers.
As part of the government's infrastructure plan, the province has invested in 76 projects in Northern Ontario since April. Some of these projects include:
- Improving cell tower and broadband services in Manitoulin and Greenstone, which will help local people and businesses stay connected.
- Highway 144 rehabilitation from Timmins to Sudbury, which will help keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently.
- The addition of a new hospital in Atikokan, and a new health centre in Thunder Bay, which will provide greater access to healthcare options.
- Expanding and renovating the Sioux Lookout Airport Terminal Building,which will help ensure that carriers, air ambulance operators and charters operate with greater efficiency.
- Agriculture improvement projects in Rainy River, Stratton, North Bay, Nippissing, and Sudbury which will enhance drainage and water systems so that local farmers can make better use of area lands.
Modernizing public infrastructure is part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan also includes investing in people's talents and skills, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Since 2003, the province has invested nearly $100 billion in public infrastructure.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
- The NOHFC’s investments in telecommunications infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
“By building infrastructure in Northern Ontario, we are addressing important local needs. We want to create a healthier environment and stronger economy in local communities across the province. This is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history and we are committed to supporting critical infrastructure projects that will create jobs, keep people safe, and sharpen our competitive edge.”
“Expansion of Tbaytel’s fibre optic services is welcome news for business owners and families in these communities. I’m excited that our government’s investment in this infrastructure project is helping to bring high speed internet services - an essential component for economic growth and enhanced quality of life for residents - to these rural communities.”
“We are building the province up for a better, more sustainable future. Our record $130 billion investment in public infrastructure will help connect communities, grow the economy, create jobs and help lay the foundation for a more prosperous Ontario.”
“Tbaytel is committed to advancing our community by bringing Tbaytel Fibre to more homes and businesses in the neighbourhoods we serve. We are very pleased that the funding provided by NOHFC will allow us to continue investing in our community, and the people who live here, by delivering an exceptional broadband experience and an improved quality of life.”