Province announces service providers for 14 high-speed internet projects.
THUNDER BAY — The Ontario government is launching a new interactive map that will make it easier for residents and businesses to learn more about provincially funded high-speed internet projects across the province. Users can search the map by address, community or municipality to find project details, including information on construction status and internet service providers that will be delivering reliable high-speed internet in unserved and underserved communities.
“I am so proud to launch this new online tool that will help people learn more about high-speed internet access currently available and coming soon to communities across the province,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “This user friendly map will provide Ontarians with the latest information about our government’s progress in bringing reliable high-speed internet access to every community by the end of 2025. Through our ambitious plan, our government will ensure that no community will be left behind in today’s digital world.”
Ontario has finalized agreements totalling more than $2.3 billion for nearly 200 high-speed internet and cellular projects across the province. As part of these agreements, the Ontario government is announcing the internet service providers for 14 high-speed internet projects that will receive over $8.4 million in provincial funding through the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program. These projects, which are also featured on the new high-speed internet map, will bring reliable high-speed internet access to more than 11,000 homes and businesses across the province.
Ontario is providing families, businesses and communities with the infrastructure they need by investing more than $184 billion over the next 10 years in roads, highways, public transit, hospitals, long-term care homes, schools, and high-speed internet.
- The Ontario government is investing nearly $4 billion to bring access to reliable high-speed internet for every community across the province by the end of 2025. This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history.
- In 2021, Ontario passed the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 to help speed up construction of broadband projects. To build upon this legislation, the Ontario government passed the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 which further reduces barriers, duplication and delays.
- High-speed internet provides easy access to more than 55 ServiceOntario online services. Renew your health card, driver’s products and more at Ontario.ca/Renew, book appointments at Ontario.ca/Appointment, and sign up for important renewal reminders at Ontario.ca/Reminders or at 1-800-387-3445 (TTY 1-800-268-7095).
“The new interactive map will enable Ontarians to track the status of broadband infrastructure projects in their community and across the province with confidence. This step forward is another example of our government’s commitment to expand access to high-speed internet to rural communities across the province to ensure people can live, work and farm wherever they want.”
– Lisa Thompson
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“Our government is taking action to improve access to reliable high-speed internet for Northern Ontarians. We recognize the importance of broadband for education, job creation and economic growth to keep the North connected and competitive.”
– Greg Rickford
Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
“High-speed internet and cellular services are a game changer for our communities, offering connections to a world of opportunities. The Ontario government is making good on its promise to deliver them. This interactive tool will help our residents track when services are coming and who is providing them.”
– Colin Best
President, Association of Municipalities of Ontario