Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, Maryam Monsef, has today announced nearly $2.2 million in funding through the Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, to bring high-speed Internet to rural residents of southwestern Ontario.
“High-speed Internet service is essential to the success of everyone living and working in rural Ontario,” said the minister. “We will continue to make investments like these to help connect every Canadian to the high-speed Internet they need.”
Three projects will connect 310 underserved households to high-speed Internet in the regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Rothsay, Drayton, and St. Catharines.
These investments will help provide access to reliable high-speed Internet at a time when connectivity is essential to good quality of life. NRBN, being municipally owned and community focused, is proud to continue achieving our goal of helping more Canadians in Niagara get connected,” said Geoff Heinen, President, Niagara Regional Broadband Network.
Today’s announcement builds on the progress the Government of Canada has already made to support Canadians living in rural, remote and northern communities in Ontario. Since 2015, the federal government has invested more than $1.4 billion in infrastructure projects in small and rural Ontario communities.