Ottawa Spends $1.6 Million to Expand High-Speed Internet to 300+ Homes in Ontario

According to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on Wednesday, the federal government will invest $1.6 million CAD to bring high-speed internet to over 300 currently under-served households in Ontario’s Halton region.

The federal funds have been allocated to Standard Broadband, which will connect 324 under-served homes in Haltonville and Moffat to high-speed internet.

The announcement was made by Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Milton, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.

Van Koeverden said the announcement “once again demonstrates that for neighbours in rural Halton, progress on connectivity is well under way.”

The investment is being made through the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) Rapid Response Stream, designed to take immediate action to get Canadians access to the reliable, high-speed internet connections the COVID-19 pandemic has shown they sorely need.

The UBF is funding a Canada-wide connectivity program now worth $2.75 billion CAD. According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the fund will “connect 98 per cent of Canadians across the country to high-speed Internet by 2026, with the goal of connecting all Canadians by 2030”.

The Universal Broadband Fund has already financed high-speed internet projects in southwestern Ontario, North Pickering, rural New Brunswick, and more.