Governments of Canada and Ontario invest to bring high-speed Internet access to more rural households and First Nation communities


On April 19, 2022, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, together with the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced more than $56 million in new combined federal and provincial funding for six projects to bring high-speed Internet access to that following communities in northern and southwestern Ontario, including several First Nation communities. 

First nations Communities to benefit access
Communities to benefit Combined provincial and federal funding Estimated number of homes with increased access to high-speed Internet
Armstrong, Whitesand First Nation $2,035,881 258
Frenchman's Head, Kejick Bay, Lac Seul First Nation $2,448,446 327
Conmee, Gillies, Neebing, O'Connor, Oliver Paipoonge, Shuniah, Thunder Bay, $35,730,000 2,565
Six Nations of the Grand River $12,445,933 2,674
Barwick, Rainy River $2,312,145 234
Ignace $1,318,561 691

They also announced the Internet service providers for the following Universal Broadband Fund and Improving Connectivity for Ontario projects announced on July 29, 2021.

Internet service providers for the following communities
Internet service provider Combined provincial and federal funding Communities to benefit Estimated number of homes with increased access to high-speed Internet
Bell Canada $22,300,000 Augsburg, Barry's Bay, Combermere, Donegal, Eganville, Hopefield, Perrault, Purdy, Wilno 3,855
Bell Canada $12,900,000 Astorville, Bonfield, Calvin, East Ferris, Kiosk, Mattawa, Rutherglen 2,459
Bell Canada $30,400,000 Barkway, Baysville, Bracebridge, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Glen Echo, Glen Orchard, Golden Beach, Gravenhurst, Houseys Rapids, Kahshe Lake, Lake Dalrymple, Lakewood, Longford, Matthiasville, Milford Bay, Mortimers Point, Muskoka Beach, Muskoka Falls, Port Stanton, Scarlet Park, Severn Bridge, Southwood, Stoneleigh, Swift Rapids, Torrance, Walkers Point, Washago, Whiteside 8,202
Bell Canada $32,100,000 Berwick, Bourget, Casselman, Clarence Creek, Crysler, Curran, Embrun, Hammond, Kenmore, Limoges, Marionville, Morewood, Riceville, Rockland, Rockland East, Russell, Sarsfield, St. Isidore, Vars, Vernon, Wendover 4,485
Bell Canada $2,590,000 Batchawana Bay, Baysville, Cartier, Ella Lake, Foleyet, Glen Orchard, Lake Dalrymple, Northland Station, Searchmont, Trout Lake 1,200
Bell Canada $23,200,000 Actinolite, Arden, Cloyne, Corbyville, Denbigh, Flinton,   Halloway, Harlowe, Ivanhoe, Kaladar, Madoc, Marlbank, Northbrook, Plainfield, Plevna, Queensborough, Read, Tamworth, Thomasburg, Tweed, Zion Hill 4,102
Bell Canada $49,546,420 Animakee Wa Zhing #37, Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum, Anishnaabeg of Naongashiing, Barwick, Big Grassy (Big Grassy), Caliper Lake, Couchiching First Nation, Crow Lake (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation), Devlin, Dinorwic, Eagle River, Emo, Fort Frances, Grassy Narrows First Nation, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent, Kenora, Lac La Croix, Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake), Minahico, Mine Centre, Morson, Northwest Angle #33, Northwest Angle No.37, Northwest Bay (Naicatchewenin), Obashkaandagaang, Ochiichagwe'babigo'ining First Nation, Rainy River First Nations, Seine River First Nation, Shoal Lake #40, Sioux Narrows, Stratton, Upsala, Vermilion Bay, Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Wabauskang First Nation, Wabigoon, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Whitefish Bay (Naotkamegwanning) 3,852
Cogeco Connexion Inc. $5,175,706 Braeside, Burnstown, Calabogie, Glasgow Station 747
Cogeco Connexion Inc. $9,603,742 Broadbent, Dunchurch, Fairholme, Hurdville, Maple Island, McKellar, Waubamik 1,697
Cogeco Connexion Inc. $4,758,237 Gordon Bay, Humphrey, Port Cockburn 696
Cogeco Connexion Inc. $3,286,383 Clear Lake, Kearney, Novar 948
Cogeco Connexion Inc. $1,064,493 Domville, Maynard 394
Digital Infrastructure Group Inc. $45,037,804 Alderville (Alderville First Nation), Bailieboro, Batawa, Bewdley, Brighton, Camborne, Campbellford, Castleton, Cobourg, Colborne, Cold Springs, Creighton Heights, East Colborne, Elizabethville, Fenella, Garden Hill, Gores Landing, Gosport, Grafton, Harwood, Hastings, Havelock, Hilton, Kendal, Lakeport, Lovett, Millbrook, Newtonville, Norham, Port Hope, Precious Corners, Roseneath, Smithfield, Spring Brook, Spring Valley, Stirling, Thomstown, Vernonville, Warkworth 13,448
Execulink Telecom Inc. $3,608,942 Burford, Creditville, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Oxford Centre, Springford, Teeterville 656
Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited $517,826 Auburn 111
Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited $557,025 Bluevale, Belgrave 109
Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited $793,578 Blyth, Lucknow, St. Helens, Wingham 115
Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited $2,027,878 Benmiller, Bogies Beach, Nile 427
Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited $596,813 St. Helens 135
Keewaytinook Okimakanak $12,806,675 Angling Lake, Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake, Deer Lake, Dufrense (Wapakeka), Kasabonika (Kasabonika Lake), Keewaywin, Kingfisher Lake (Kingfisher), Kitchenuhmaykoosib (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug), Mishkeegogamang, Muskrat Dam (Muskrat Dam Lake), North Spirit Lake, Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, Osnaburgh House, Poplar Hill, Sachigo Lake, Sandy Lake, Slate Falls (Slate Falls Nation), Wawakapewin, Weagamow Lake (North Caribou Lake), Wunnummin Lake (Wunnumin) 3,060
Keewaytinook Okimakanak $46,637,325 Fort Severn, Peawanuck (Weenusk) 182
Matawa First Nations Management $62,665,952 Aroland, Calstock (Constance Lake), Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation. A component of this project also targets the community of Wunnumin Lake First Nation. 689
Mornington Communications Cooperative Limited $11,657,792 Amulree, Crosshill, Dorking, Gads Hill, Hesson, Linwood, Lisbon, Millbank, Milverton, New Hamburg, Poole, Rostock, Shakespeare, Tavistock 1,390
Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. $1,549,300 Rannoch, St. Pauls Station, Wellburn 260
Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. $1,076,972 Brodhagen, Mitchell, Rostock 148
Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc. $1,192,272 Dublin, Fullarton, Mitchell, Staffa 150
Tuckersmith Communications Cooperative Ltd $10,625,666 Belgrave, Bluevale, Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Ethel, Henfryn, Kinburn, Londesborough, Seaforth, Walton 1,191
Vianet Inc. $352,850 Carling 117

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