Jeff Yurek, MPP Announces High-Speed Internet Access for Middlesex County

Published on December 08, 2021

ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON – As part of the Ontario government’s plan to build Ontario and its commitment to connect every community to high speed internet by the end of 2025, construction is underway on a new infrastructure network in Middlesex County. This $2.56 million project will soon provide more than 450 homes, farms and businesses in Putnam, Crampton, Avon, Mossley, Harrietsville and Gladstone, with access to high-speed internet services by April 2022.

 

The project will help ensure that farms and businesses will have the ability to attract new customers, grow their business, create new jobs and stay competitive in an increasingly digital marketplace. It will also help people connect with family, friends and their communities in easier and faster ways than before.

 

“This announcement is incredible and timely news for the residents of Putnam, Crampton, Avon, Mossley, Harrietsville, and Gladstone,” said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin – Middlesex – London. “I am thrilled to finally see the delivery of reliable broadband to the back concessions of our community.”

 

The expanded fibre-optic service is supported by the Governments of Canada and Ontario, each committing up to $604,000 dollars. The contracts to expand broadband services were awarded by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc, a not-for-profit corporation, initiated by local municipalities to address connectivity in Southwestern Ontario.

 

More than $255 million has been invested by the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the private sector, to bring high-speed internet to more than 9,000 households and businesses in Southwestern Ontario through SWIFT.           

 

QUICK FACTS

The governments of Canada and Ontario are each contributing more than $63 million to SWIFT through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund of the Investing in Canada plan.

 

The Ontario government is committing nearly $4 billion in broadband infrastructure to connect every region of the province with access to high-speed internet by the end of 2025. This proactive approach is the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history.

 

Ontario has invested in initiatives to improve connectivity across Eastern and Southwestern Ontario. It has also invested in broadband projects through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the Next Generation Network Program.

 

Expanding access to broadband and cellular service is part of Ontario Onwards: Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government, which includes more than 30 projects that are changing the way people and businesses interact with government.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan

Ontario Connects; Learn how Ontario is helping to improve connectivity across the province

Ontario Builds: our infrastructure plan

High-Speed Access for All: Canada's Connectivity Strategy