The Government of Canada has today announced new funding of $2.2 million for Bell Canada to bring new or improved high-speed Internet access and capacity to four communities in rural Ontario, which include Moose Deer Point First Nation, Dillon, Snug Harbour, and Killbear Park.
Today’s funding was announced by Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Minister of Rural Economic Development, Bernadette Jordan. The funding builds on steps the Trudeau Government has taken to improve Internet access for Canadians. A fall federal election is coming this October.
“This project will allow residents in these four communities to be better connected to friends, family, school and businesses, as well as have better access to online services and tools,” said Jordan.
“Thanks to Connect to Innovate and its partners, the Parry Sound region will have new or improved access to high-speed Internet. This will make it easier for these communities to access online education and e-health, media and communications, and goods and services, while increasing employment and business opportunities.” – Marco Mendicino, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
In addition to the Government of Canada’s investment, Bell Canada is contributing $1.4 million, for a total investment of $3.6 million.
In the federal Budget 2019, the Government proposed investments of up to $6 billion for high-speed connectivity and committed to extending high-speed Internet service to over 900 rural and remote communities.