Expanding The Digital Highway In Ontario
McGuinty Government Connecting More Communities, Improving Infrastructure
More families and businesses in rural Ontario will have access to high-speed internet service.
Rural municipalities in southwestern and central Ontario can now submit new project proposals for local broadband infrastructure under the Rural Connections Broadband Program. This program helps create economic opportunity, attract investment and build a skilled workforce.
The Province will fund up to one-third of the eligible costs of approved plans. Applications will be accepted until July 8, 2010 and the approved infrastructure projects are expected to start by fall, 2010.
These projects will be added to the 47 approved since 2007 across Southern Ontario. Nearly half of them are already up and running -- providing high-speed internet access to 250,000 Ontarians.
- Ontario is investing $4 million in this phase of broadband expansion across southern Ontario. A project can be approved for up to $1 million.
- The government is also supporting 22 Northern projects through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
“Dependable broadband service is essential for education, health and businesses in rural Ontario. Investing in broadband infrastructure is also part of our new, five-year Open Ontario plan to strengthen our rural communities and create jobs and opportunities for Ontario families.”