Smaller rural Niagara areas to get high-speed Internet after $219 million in government funding

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Published August 29, 2023 at 2:12 pm

A combined $219 million in both federal and provincial funding will see smaller rural Niagara areas getting high-speed Internet.

Announced yesterday (August 28) in Dundas, the deal with Rogers will bring high-speed internet to more than 66,000 households in over 300 smaller communities, including 600 Indigenous households.

Niagara’s more rural communities that will benefit include the Fort Erie area of Crystal Beach, southern parts of Grimsby, Lincoln communities of Beamsville, Jordan and Jordan Station, parts of Niagara Falls, Thorold, Wainfleet, Port Colborne and St. Catharines, Pelham’s Fonthill neighbourhood, Niagara-on-the-Lake towns St. Davids and Virgil, as well as Welland areas such as Dain City and Wellandport.

Oakville MP Anita Anand, also President of the Treasury Board, was at the announcement and said, “High-speed Internet access is essential to the success of everyone, especially those living and working in rural communities in Ontario and across the country.”

“The projects announced today will help improve access to health care and online learning services, create jobs in these communities, and keep people connected to their family, friends, and loved ones. Our government is committed to making investments like these to help connect every Ontarian and Canadian to the high-speed Internet they need to succeed.”

Representing the province, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma added, “The Ontario government is moving at an unprecedented pace to ensure every community across the province has access to reliable high-speed Internet by the end of 2025. By working together with our federal partners and Internet service providers, we are building a stronger, more connected province for everyone today and for generations to come.”

 

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