Le maire du canton de Russell, Pierre Leroux, le maire adjoint du canton de la Cité de Clarence-Rockland, Michel Levert, la Ministre Maryam Monsef, le député fédéral  de Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Sud, Jim McDonell, et le député fédéral de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, François Drouin, se sont réunis à l'extérieur de la bibliothèque de Russell pour l'annonce de la confirmation du financement fédéral-provincial de projets d'Internet en milieu rural dans l'est de l'Ontario.
Le maire du canton de Russell, Pierre Leroux, le maire adjoint du canton de la Cité de Clarence-Rockland, Michel Levert, la Ministre Maryam Monsef, le député fédéral  de Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Sud, Jim McDonell, et le député fédéral de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, François Drouin, se sont réunis à l'extérieur de la bibliothèque de Russell pour l'annonce de la confirmation du financement fédéral-provincial de projets d'Internet en milieu rural dans l'est de l'Ontario.

$362 Million to fund rural Internet

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith
EAP
Rural communities have long been underserved when it comes to high-speed internet, but that will change with more than $300 million in confirmed federal-provincial funding aid for the Eastern Ontario region.

"Access to high-speed internet will create jobs, improve health and safety for all, and help bridge the rural-urban divide,” stated Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development. “The pandemic added urgency to this work, and the Government of Canada responded with the Universal Broadband Fund.”  

An investment of $362 million was announced during a visit to Russell Township on August 6, brought forward jointly by the governments of Canada and Ontario as part of the Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program, to bring high-speed internet to 90,124 households in Eastern Ontario. The announcement was made by Monsef, Kinga Surma, Ontario’s infrastructure minister, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP François Drouin, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonnell, Russell Township Mayor Pierre Leroux, and Deputy-Mayor Michel Levert for the City of Clarence-Rockland. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that Internet access is essential for our communities and for our sustainable economic recovery,” stated Drouin. “Today we are announcing that more than 90,000 homes will be connected. This is the result of many years of work with our partners, and today, the residents of Eastern Ontario are reaping the benefits.” 

The ICON program is an agreement between the province of Ontario and the government of Canada to support large-scale, fibre-based projects that will deliver high-speed Internet access to the entire province by 2025. More than 890,000 rural and remote households are on track to be connected by then thanks to nearly $1 billion that is to be equally invested by the province and Canada over the next six years. 

The Canada Infrastructure Bank is also assessing opportunities to partner with private investors in order to expand broadband coverage.