Ontario Investing to increase Broadband Internet

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Faster, More Reliable Broadband to Thunder Bay Region

Faster, More Reliable Broadband to Thunder Bay Region

THUNDER BAY — The Ontario government is investing $10.9 million to bring faster broadband to several towns and First Nation communities across Northern Ontario, including a $2.3 million investment for to Township of Oliver Paipoonge and $2.9M for the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission Inc. to bring high-speed internet to rural households and businesses. By investing in improved internet access, Ontario is helping to bridge the digital divide and create more economic opportunity for residents and businesses in the North.

“COVID-19 has put a spotlight on the challenges facing our rural and remote northwestern communities, including access to reliable, high-speed internet,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Efficient and modern broadband infrastructure is critical to advancing economic recovery and development. Our government’s investment is an important step forward to ensure communities across the North have access to remote education, skills training, and business opportunities.”

Ontario’s investment of $2,337,250 will help the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge upgrade broadband infrastructure that brings access to faster internet to nearly 1,800 homes and businesses in the township.

The Ontario government is also investing $2,907,729 to install broadband infrastructure that ensures access to high-speed internet for 2,360 households and businesses in rural Thunder Bay. Tbaytel is matching the government’s investment for both projects.