(KENORA) Friday, October 06, 2017 – Today, the Hon. Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, is encouraged to see the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario investing up to $69.2 million in five remote First Nations to improve their access to high-speed Internet.
“Investing in broadband infrastructure is a huge step in the right direction for opening up the economy of Northwestern Ontario. When visiting these communities this summer, I heard firsthand how imperative high speed Internet is, not only for improving their economy, but also the day-to-day operations of the band office and the quality of life for everyone living on reserve,” stated Nault.
The announcement made today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development highlighted Canada’s commitment to improve infrastructure in the North by investing up to $37.1 million in the project. Rapid Lynx Telecommunications will install approximately 880 kilometres of new fibre-optic cable to five fly-in communities in Northern Ontario including, Nibinamik, Neskantaga, Eabametoong, Webequie, and Marten Falls.
In addition, the Government of Canada will provide $2.1 million through its First Nation Infrastructure Fund, bringing the total investment to $39.2 million.
“In today’s landscape people must have access to high-speed Internet. This is crucial for not only businesses, but also for youth who want to further their schooling through distance education. It will also help adults who want to take skills training courses to significantly improve their job prospects. Overall, this will have a huge impact on these communities and I am pleased to see our government investing in the North,” concluded Nault.
The Ontario government will invest up to $30 million in the project to the Matawa First Nations Management Inc. to bring modern fibre-optic cable to the area. The project will see the installation of buried cable from Wunnumin Lake through the five Matawa-member communities.
- The $500 million invested under the Government’s Connect to Innovate program focuses on 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 global and digital world.
To arrange an interview with the Hon. Bob Nault, please contact:
Ottawa office: Kenora office:
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