Ontario Takes Next Step to Expand High-Speed Internet AccessPublished on September 13, 2021
The government announced a bold commitment of nearly $4 billion as part of the 2021 Budget to connect every region to high-speed internet by the end of 2025. This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history.
Today, Minister Surma launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as a next step forward that will help expand access to high-speed internet to homes and businesses across Ontario.
Through this new competitive process, qualified Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will later bid, through a series of reverse auctions for defined geographic areas, for opportunities to connect unserved and underserved communities across Ontario.
This process has been designed so that all interested internet service providers can participate, regardless of whether they are a big, small, local, regional or national provider.
This approach builds on the government’s existing initiatives to expand high-speed internet in communities across the province, many of which are already connecting homes and businesses today.
The Ontario government is also helping to speed up construction of high-speed internet projects by successfully passing the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 earlier this Spring.
The government is stepping up to ensure that no one in Ontario gets left behind. We are one step closer in delivering our ambitious plan to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, will have access to reliable, high-speed internet to work, learn, start a business, access vital services like health care, and connect with family and friends.