September 2, 2022 1:11pm
A significant broadband infrastructure project is underway on the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.
When complete, nearly 300 families, farms, and businesses will receive improved access to fast, reliable high-speed internet.
Huron Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced Friday that the federal and provincial governments have each invested more than $429,000 into this project. It’s is expected to be completed by June of 2023.
According to government officials, the enhanced high-speed infrastructure will help farms and businesses in the community attract new customers, grow their operations, and create new jobs, while also enabling people improved access to connect online to work, learn, and access vital services.
“I am proud our government continues to deliver on our commitment to expand access to high-speed internet to rural Ontario and Indigenous communities across the province,” said Thompson. “Projects like this on the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, are crucial to building stronger communities, helping families stay in touch, and providing access to essential services.”
The contract to expand broadband services in the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation 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 rural Ontario, we know good internet service is a necessity,” said MPP Rick Byers. “The continued expansion into Grey Bruce is excellent news that will connect more businesses and households to high-speed internet and give people improved access. This broadband expansion will be important to our continued recovery and success, and I appreciate and welcome this latest internet expansion.”