Creating Jobs And Improving Broadband Infrastructure In Eastern Ontario
Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.
Connectivity and broadband, including a broadband network in Eastern Ontario have been identified as a priority by both, the governments of Canada and Ontario. Smaller and remote centres need broadband technology to provide their citizens with improved access to government and health services, jobs, business opportunities, education and training.
The project involves construction of a broadband network in Eastern Ontario. Once completed, the network will provide broadband service to the residents and businesses of many of the counties of Eastern Ontario. The project proponent, Eastern Ontario Warden's Caucus (EOWC) Incorporated, is a non-profit organization comprised of membership from the mayors and wardens of counties and municipalities in the Eastern Ontario region (Hastings, Peterborough, Renfrew, Northumberland, Haliburton, Frontenac, Lanark, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott & Russell and the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville). The network will also provide broadband service to the City of Kawartha Lakes.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum contribution of $55 million, to be funded under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. The EOWC Inc. and private sector partners' contribution must match or exceed the amount provided by each order of government. The project's total estimated cost is $170 million.
Federal and provincial financial support for the construction of the broadband network is conditional on the negotiation of a contribution agreement, as well as the project meeting all other applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada Fund.