ONTARIO – In an announcement made by Ontario Infrastructure Minister Kinga Surma on Monday, July 26 the province pledged to invest $14.7 million in high speed internet projects through their Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program.
Stormont, Dundas, South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell celebrated the news, saying that it will help improve internet access for residents in under served areas of his riding such as Akwesasne, Crysler, and Maxville.
“This announcement is another step in our ambitious plan to rollout high-speed Internet to all Ontarians, no matter where they live, by 2025,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “During the pandemic, my daughter could not work from home in her role as an elementary school teacher. This problem is all too common in rural Ontario, and our government has committed to addressing it through the largest single investment in high-speed internet in Canadian history.”
This funding announcement is a part of a larger $4 billion initiative to bring high speed internet to all Ontario communities by 2025.
“Today’s announcement builds on Ontario’s historic $4 billion investment in broadband to connect all Ontarians to reliable, high-speed internet by the end of 2025,” said Graydon Smith, President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge. “These investments will underpin Ontario’s competitiveness and prosperity and improve access to economic opportunity in every part of Ontario.”