Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced funding of $1 million for Nexicom to bring new or improved high-speed Internet access and capacity to rural Ontario. In addition to the Government of Canada’s investment, Nexicom is contributing $334,600, for a total investment of over $1.3 million.
“Canadians living in rural communities have told us that to be competitive in the 21st century, they first and foremost need access to reliable and affordable high-speed Internet,” said MP Monsef. “Being connected is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity. Canada’s Connectivity Strategy is the federal government’s plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians will have access to reliable and affordable high-speed Internet, no matter where they live.”
This high-speed Internet project is possible thanks to the top-up to the Connect to Innovate program announced in Budget 2019. As a result of this investment, residents of Warsaw will be able to connect with family and friends, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.
“We are absolutely delighted to hear the news of this much needed helping hand to increase the access to high-speed Internet,” said J. Murray Jones, Peterborough County Warden and Mayor of Douro-Dummer Township. “Nexicom have been part of the Douro-Dummer family for many years and we are very appreciative of their efforts and the generous assistance of the federal government.”
Connect to Innovate is investing in building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.
“Investments like the one announced today help grow our local economies, build stronger and more inclusive communities, and safeguard the environment and the health of Canadians for years to come,” concluded MP Monsef. “By investing in the infrastructure that communities need, our government is creating the conditions so that all Canadians can reach their full potential and share in our nation’s prosperity.”
- On July 4, MP Maryam Monsef announced joint funding for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network’s mobile broadband project that will deliver improved mobile coverage for over 1.1 million residents in 102 communities in Eastern Ontario, including the County of Peterborough.
- In Budget 2019, the Government proposed historic investments of up to $6 billion for high-speed connectivity and committed to topping up Connect to Innovate as part of this funding.
- Through Connect to Innovate, the Government is extending high-speed Internet service to over 900 rural and remote communities, of which 190 are Indigenous. Connect to Innovate projects have the potential to impact up to 380,000 households. Announcements on further investments will be forthcoming.
- Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada outlines ways to maximize federal investments to improve the quality and resiliency of community infrastructure, create good jobs, support trade and investment, strengthen skills, and welcome newcomers in rural communities.
- Through the $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, Canada’s rural and northern communities are benefiting from the renewal of public infrastructure, which includes investments in roads, bridges and highways; water treatment systems; cleaner, more affordable sources of electricity; stormwater systems; and natural barriers that reduce the risk of flooding brought on by extreme weather events.
- Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada
- High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy