Ontario Invests $14.7 Million to Expand Access to High-Speed Internet Across the ProvincePublished on July 27, 2021
In the 2021 Budget, Ontario committed $2.8 billion for high-speed internet infrastructure to connect every region in Ontario, bringing our government’s combined total to nearly $4 billion. This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history.
The government is investing $14.7 millions in 13 projects through the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program to bring reliable and high-speed internet to 42 communities across the province, including in parts of East Gwillimbury here in our community. We are one step closer in delivering our bold and ambitious plan to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, will have access to reliable, high-speed internet by 2025.
“As communities across the province continue to grow, our government is investing in the infrastructure needed to provide Ontarians with reliable, high-speed internet,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “The funding provided by the ICON program will make it easier for thousands of people who live and work in East Gwillimbury to stay in touch with their loved ones and access the online services they need to learn and grow their businesses.”
This investment will improve access to services like health care, education, employment and justice, while increasing economic and entrepreneurial opportunity for 17,000 homes and businesses.
Ontario’s ICON investment builds on the work already underwayto provide 71,000 additional households with high-speed internet and cellular connectivity through other projects such as the South-western Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Project, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) Cellular Gap Project, the Matawa Broadband Project, and Northern broadband projects.
This government will continue to move forward with its plan to connect every region and person in Ontario to high-speed internet access to ensure no one is left behind in today’s digital world.