The federal government announced on Tuesday it will be investing over $5.3 million to bring high speed internet to 1,662 rural homes in Ontario ($3,188/home).
The contracts will be for Bell Canada, Golden Rural High Speed and HuronTel to deliver high speed internet to Alberton, Bogies Beach, Burnt River, Caledon Village, Glen Orchard, Jerseyville, Juddhaven, Kinmount, Minett, Mount Pleasant, Port Carling, Port Sandfield and Tower Manor.
“We need to close the connection gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Ontario has access to reliable high-speed Internet—whether that’s in Oil Springs or Carlsbad Springs or all the way on the shores of Lake Superior. Today’s announcement of more than $5.3 million in new funding to connect 1,662 rural households in the province is a milestone for Ontarians,” said Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, in a statement.
Funding is coming from the Universal Broadband Fund’s (UBF) Rapid Response Stream. Ottawa’s national target is to connect 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.