Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
Over 2,400 Nipissing-Timiskaming will see improved access to high-speed Internet
April 22, 2022

Connecting all Canadians to broadband internet remains a high priority for the Government of Canada, especially in rural settings. Residents of Astorville, Bonfield, Calvin, East Ferris, Mattawa, and Rutherglen will be benefiting from a $12,900,000 investment announced jointly by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming says, “Broadband is critical infrastructure, and the pandemic has made this more apparent than ever. This investment will allow residents in Astorville, Bonfield, Calvin, East Ferris, Mattawa, and Rutherglen to have access to high-speed Internet, which will create jobs, improve health and safety for all, and help bridge the rural-urban divide.”

2,459 total homes will be connected through this project with Bell Canada providing the Internet service.

Rota says, “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on our Internet connections, making access to fast and reliable Internet service even more critical. People’s lives are moving more and more online, and the investments being made today will create incredible potential for our residents to work, learn and keep in touch with their loved ones from home.”

The Government of Canada has set a national target of connecting 98 per cent of Canadians by 2026 and 100 per cent by 2030.

“For too long, many rural Canadians have lacked access to high-speed Internet impacting the ability for business to create jobs and have improve access to health care and online learning services and that's why this infrastructure is so critical across Canada and much needed in our riding,” says Rota.

These projects form part of a collaboration announced in July 2021 as part of a historic $1.2 billion agreement to bring high-speed Internet to nearly 280,000 rural Ontario households in hundreds of other communities across the province.

Rota says, “The investments will allow small businesses that were previously unable to access new markets and stay in touch with clients due to connection limitations will now be able to take their businesses online – helping them and their customers interact with one another as we recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic.”



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