Niagara Region Pursues Funding For Expansion Of Rural High-Speed Internet Access

News from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted February 16th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario's regional government headquarters

Niagara, Ontario’s regional government headquarters

Niagara, Ontario – Regional Council is pursuing up to $6.6 million in federal funding to improve access to high-speed Internet in rural Niagara.

Introduced late last year, the Government of Canada’s Connect To Innovate (CTI) program will invest up to $500 million to bring broadband internet to 300 rural and remote communities across Canada. The program has identified 33 eligible locations in Niagara as potential candidates for funding.

If successful, Niagara Region’s application will result in up to $10 million of direct infrastructure investment in Niagara by 2022, divided between the federal government, Niagara Region, and the Niagara Region Broadband Network (NRBN).

This funding complements federal and provincial investments being made to invest in rural broadband Internet access through the South Western Internet Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project, of which Niagara Region is a partner.

Niagara’s $1 million commitment to SWIFT leverages $14.7 million in federal, provincial and private funding. Combined with its contribution of up to $1.4 million to the CTI program, Niagara Region’s investment could bring nearly $25 million to improve high-speed Internet infrastructure to rural Niagara by 2022.

Niagara Region expects the results of its funding application to be known by late 2017.

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One response to “Niagara Region Pursues Funding For Expansion Of Rural High-Speed Internet Access

  1. It is my understanding that Canada has some of the slowest internet in the world. Can anyone help me understand why this is so? I live in the south end of Niagara. I feel sorry for anyone whose internet is slower than mine because mine is horrendous! For what we pay, there is no excuse.

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