Feds and Bell to Bring High-Speed Internet to North Pickering Communities

Through its Universal Broadband Fund (UBF), the Government of Canada has today announced over $200,000 in funding for two projects to bring high-speed Internet to 130 underserved households in the Pickering communities of Greenwood and Whitevale, Ontario.

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Additionally, Bell Canada will also be investing $273,000 for better connectivity in Pickering. “We’re proud to invest and to partner with the Government of Canada to provide residents of Greenwood and Whitevale with access to the fastest fibre home Internet speeds available,” said Bell Canada SVP Bruce Furlong.

Since 2015, the federal government has approved over 4,060 infrastructure projects, totalling over $2.85 billion in federal investments in Ontario communities with a population of fewer than 100,000 people.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has proven how essential it is for all Canadians to be connected to reliable and affordable Internet access, especially for those living in rural communities.

As a strong advocate for better connectivity in Pickering, I am pleased to see this investment in north Pickering, and I look forward to connecting even more residents and Canadians to this essential service through the government’s Universal Broadband Fund.”

– Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Pickering–Uxbridge

Projects funded under the $1.75-billion UBF, as well as through other public and private investments, will help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100% connectivity by 2030.