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Rural communities in northern Ontario to benefit from faster Internet 

Ontario – Internet access is more than just a convenience: communities, businesses and institutions need it to find information, offer services and create opportunities. That’s why the Government of Canada is helping three communities and one institution in Ontario get online with new or improved high-speed Internet access.

David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, together with Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, announced an investment of $2.74 million in high-speed Internet today at the Hilton Beach Community Hall.

This investment will help residents of these communities connect with family and friends, do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.

To date, the Government of Canada has invested $63.78 million to bring high-speed Internet to Ontario’s rural and remote communities under Connect to Innovate.

The Government of Canada’s $500-million Connect to Innovate program is investing in building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.

“Access to high-speed Internet is not a luxury; it’s essential. High-speed Internet service is a basic tool that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of where they live. Our communities need this service to do business, upgrade their education and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, more people will be able to participate fully in the digital economy.” – Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“For northern Ontario communities, digital investment through the Connect to Innovate program enhances opportunities for residents of all ages. This important investment will support industries like mining and forestry in data collection and observation, students and youth in learning, and residents in day-to-day life with connected devices. It’s all part of our government’s plan to help create opportunity in all communities, including rural communities in the North.” – David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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