July 17, 2019
Deb Schulte, MP Hosts Town Hall Highlighting Progress on Expanding Broadband Access in King Township
[Nobleton, King Township] – Canadians understand the importance of broadband/cellular services to connecting communities for economic development, educational opportunities, health and social services, and to enhance the quality of life in communities. It is not unlike the importance, in earlier times, of investments made in the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Trans-Canadian Railway and the Trans- Canada Highway to connect Canadians and provide opportunities for growth. Investments in broadband and cellular are necessary to provide essential services to all Canadians. That is the message that Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan delivered at a town hall this evening, as she highlighted the progress that has been made to deliver high-speed broadband in King Township, in addition to outlining current and future projects in the region. In 2017, the Government of Canada committed $825,000 toward the King Township Fibre Optic Expansion – 25% of the project’s value – in partnership with the Province of Ontario, Vianet, and with the support of King Township, in order to bring fibre-optic internet to more than 1,000 homes, farms and businesses; providing speeds up to one gigabit per second along the Jane Street corridor.
This spring, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced a federal investment of $2 million in new or improved high-speed Internet access for Udora and the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in the Regional Municipality of York. This funding was delivered through the Connect to Innovate Program, which is the federal government’s plan to build the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks. These backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities and will be essential for future projects in the surrounding communities of York Region.
The programs highlighted today will build on numerous steps the Government of Canada has taken to improve Internet access for Canadians. Through Budget 2019, the Government is making new commitments to ensure every single household and business in Canada has access to high-speed Internet through ambitious plans such as a National Connectivity Strategy and a Rural Economic Development Strategy.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in infrastructure that strengthens the middle class, supports our businesses and provides municipalities with the foundation they need to support Canadians and their families. Access to better, more reliable broadband connections in communities like King Township is essential to open new opportunities to participate in the digital economy, increase potential for economic growth and enhance the quality of life in our communities.”
– Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue
“Improving and expanding connectivity to our rural communities in King Township is a long-standing, high priority. We are continuously working with our upper levels of government, telecommunications and internet service providers to fill the underserviced gaps of our community of communities. Access to affordable and reliable high speed internet is becoming an essential service and King Township will continue to collaborate with others to ensure our residents and businesses have improved access to a digital services that enable and empower them to thrive grow learn and stay healthy.”
– Steve Pellegrini, Mayor of King Township
- To date, under Connect to Innovate, the Government of Canada has announced funding to
improve Internet connectivity in more than 900 rural and remote communities—including 190
Indigenous communities—which is more than triple the 300 communities initially targeted.
- Budget 2019 committed up to $1.7 billion over 13 years, starting in 2019–20, to establish a new
national high-speed Internet program, the Universal Broadband Fund.
- In Budget 2019, the Government announced its commitment to set a national target, in which
95 per cent of Canadian homes and businesses will have access to internet speeds of at least
50/10 Mbps by 2026 and 100 per cent by 2030, no matter where they are located in the
Budget 2019: Connecting Canadians
Connect to Innovate
Announced Connect to Innovate Projects
High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy
Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada
Investing in Canada: Plan Project Map
Office of MP Deb Schulte