Ontario Construction News staff writer
Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc., has completed construction on a significant broadband infrastructure project impacting 630 families, farms and businesses in Dufferin County.
“Projects like this in Dufferin County that connect more communities to high-speed internet are crucial to building a stronger Ontario. We’re helping rural residents stay in touch with loved ones, enabling them to access supports they need while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” said Lisa Thompson, minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs.
Both levels of government have each committed more than $538,000 to the project, to provide the communities of Laurel, Salem and Camilla with access to high-speed internet.
“Reliable broadband infrastructure is a necessity for Canadian families and businesses in this increasingly connected world,” said Brampton East MP Maninder Sidhu. “The completion of new fibre technology and additional network infrastructure in Dufferin County gets us one step closer to connecting all Canadians to high-speed internet by 2030.”
Ontario has stated a plan to extend access to high-speed internet to every community in the province by 2025, laying the foundation for long-term economic growth.
“Today’s broadband expansion announcement is another example of how our government is making broadband access a priority in Dufferin – Caledon”, said Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin – Caledon. “There is no doubt that reliable, high-speed internet access is critical for families and businesses in our community and throughout Ontario. Whether it is for students completing school assignments, operating a business, or keeping in touch with friends and family, our government continues to expand broadband access for residents in Mono, Laurel and across Dufferin-Caledon.”
The contract to expand broadband services in Dufferin County was awarded by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc., a not-for-profit corporation initiated by local municipalities to address connectivity in Southwestern Ontario.
In July 2021, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced an historic agreement that will deliver high-speed Internet to nearly 280,000 rural Ontario households in hundreds of communities across the province, through an equal federal-provincial investment totalling more than $1.2 billion.