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July 09, 2010 11:40 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Announces Ontario Projects to Receive Broadband Canada Funding

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Public Safety Minister, today announced that three projects in Ontario have been conditionally approved for funding through the Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program. These projects will bring broadband Internet access to an estimated 4 000 households in the province.

"This government's commitment to bringing broadband internet to rural Canadians will mean new opportunities for Northern Ontario, including citizens of Thunder Bay. Today I am pleased to announce that three projects in Northern Ontario will be among those receiving federal support," said Minister Toews. "These latest projects, together with those announced in May, mean that these households will soon be online at modern, multimedia-capable speeds."

Canada's Economic Action Plan provided $225 million for the development and implementation of a strategy to extend broadband coverage. By far the biggest component of this strategy is Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians, an initiative that targets Canadians living in unserved and underserved areas. This is the second funding announcement under Broadband Canada; others will follow until all available funds have been allocated.

"These investments will significantly enhance the quality of life for thousands of residents and open the door to new businesses and public services," said Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "I look forward to announcing more specific details of our funding partnership in the near future."

For the individuals, families and businesses in Ontario that will soon have access to broadband Internet, important economic and social benefits, including telehealth, business opportunities and distance learning, will become available. More broadly, broadband Internet access will encourage economic development, spur innovation and improve the quality of life in hundreds of communities across the province.

The attached backgrounder provides more information on this round of announcements. More details, including the areas covered by these projects, are available on the Broadband Canada website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/719.nsf/eng/home).

Backgrounder

Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians — Second Funding Announcement in Ontario

On July 9, 2010, the Government of Canada announced the second round of projects in Ontario to receive conditional funding approval through the Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program. The projects conditionally approved in this round will offer broadband Internet access to approximately 4 000 households in Ontario. Collectively this reflects a total investment of $5.5 million in this province.

The following companies are conditionally approved for funding in Ontario as part of today's announcement:

• Galaxy Broadband Communications Inc.
• Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. / Blue Sky Economic Growth Corp.
• TBay Tel / Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

More details on today's announcement, including the areas covered by these projects, are available on the Broadband Canada website (www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/719.nsf/eng/home).

Combined with those projects announced in round one on May 9, 2010, Broadband Canada will soon bring high-speed broadband Internet connectivity to approximately 4 500 households in Ontario. Announcements of additional investments involving more geographic areas, regions, provinces and companies will be made in the near future, until all program funds are allocated.

About Broadband Canada 

As part of Budget 2009 — Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada provided $225 million over three years, beginning in 2009–10, for Industry Canada to develop and implement a strategy to extend broadband coverage. By far the biggest component of this strategy is Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians.

The program aims to extend broadband service to as many unserved and underserved Canadian households as possible. As communities vary greatly in size, this program focuses on connecting households. This method provides a clearer understanding of service availability for Canadians: the fact that a community has broadband access does not always mean that service is available to individual households.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan - Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502