Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

July 30, 2009 14:00 ET

Canada and Ontario Invest in Broadband Access for Eastern Ontario

Investment will create jobs and stimulate the economy

BLOOMFIELD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for Ontario, today announced that the construction of a broadband network is a step closer in Eastern Ontario. The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario have together set aside up to $110 million for the project.

"Our Government is delivering on investments that help create jobs and build sustainable communities," said MP Kramp. "The construction of a broadband network in Eastern Ontario will help to expand and improve local businesses and their services, and significantly boost our regional economy."

"Delivering broadband to Eastern Ontario is a critical infrastructure investment that will bring more industry to the region and create the jobs that will help our towns and rural communities prosper," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"Today's announcement marks a major step forward in helping to secure the future prosperity of Eastern Ontario. Having a high-speed, high-capacity broadband network is one of the most important assets that we can utilize to assist us in unlocking the ingenuity and creativity of our people and businesses. We are extremely grateful to both the federal and provincial governments for their tremendous financial support for this project," said Ron Emond, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to one-third of total eligible costs of the project, to a maximum contribution of $55 million. Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus (EOWC) Incorporated and private sector partners will provide the remaining funding, with EOWC Inc. contributing up to $10 million. The total eligible costs of this project are estimated to be $170 million.

Once completed, the network will provide broadband service to the residents and businesses in many of the counties of Eastern Ontario (Hastings, Peterborough, Renfrew, Northumberland, Haliburton, Frontenac, Lanark, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott & Russell and the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville) as well as the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

Through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future - the province is investing $32.5 billion in infrastructure for the province of Ontario over the next two years, including a $5 billion contribution from the federal government that will support more than 300,000 jobs and strengthen Ontario's economy.

LEARN MORE

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Learn how the Government of Canada is investing in Ontario infrastructure. (http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/regions/on/on-eng.html)

Learn how the Government of Ontario is helping to build and revitalize infrastructure across the province. (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/)

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BACKGROUNDER

CREATING JOBS AND IMPROVING BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IN EASTERN ONTARIO

Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

Connectivity and broadband, including a broadband network in Eastern Ontario have been identified as a priority by both, the governments of Canada and Ontario. Smaller and remote centres need broadband technology to provide their citizens with improved access to government and health services, jobs, business opportunities, education and training.

The project involves construction of a broadband network in Eastern Ontario. Once completed, the network will provide broadband service to the residents and businesses of many of the counties of Eastern Ontario. The project proponent, Eastern Ontario Warden's Caucus (EOWC) Incorporated, is a non-profit organization comprised of membership from the mayors and wardens of counties and municipalities in the Eastern Ontario region (Hastings, Peterborough, Renfrew, Northumberland, Haliburton, Frontenac, Lanark, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott & Russell and the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville). The network will also provide broadband service to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum contribution of $55 million, to be funded under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. The EOWC Inc. and private sector partners' contribution must match or exceed the amount provided by each order of government. The project's total estimated cost is $170 million.

Federal and provincial financial support for the construction of the broadband network is conditional on the negotiation of a contribution agreement, as well as the project meeting all other applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada Fund.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Baird
    Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky
    Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    Kelly Synnott
    416-326-6439