Connecting More Rural Households in Hamilton to High-Speed Internet

Published on August 11, 2021

Ontario Partners With Federal Government to Invest $73 Million in Golden Horseshoe Projects

News Release

Hamilton – Ontario is moving forward with its ambitious plan to bring high-speed internet to all communities across the province.  Ontario, along with the federal government, is investing over $73 million in new projects in the Golden Horseshoe, which will bring high-speed internet to 26 thousand rural homes.

This announcement is part of over $1.2 billion in joint funding in 58 new projects through the province’s Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program and the federal Universal Broadband Fund programs. This initiative will connect up to 280 thousand homes and businesses province-wide, including rural communities across the city of Hamilton.

“Our government is taking another step forward in our bold plan that commits a historic investment of nearly $4 billion to connect every community in Ontario to high-speed internet by the end of 2025, said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook.

“This is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province and by any government in Canadian history.”

This builds on the announcement made in July regarding Ontario’s investment of nearly $15 million for 13 projects under the ICON program. These projects will bring reliable, high-speed internet to 42 communities across the province.

No matter where you live in Ontario, our government is expanding access to high-speed internet so that all residents have reliable access to health care services, economic opportunities, and the ability to connect with friends and family.

Our government is working hard to ensure that everyone, no matter where you live, can participate and thrive in a digital world. This plan is key to Ontario’s economic recovery and future growth.