The Ontario government is investing over $30 million as part of a combined $56.4 million funding package to enable Bell and Cogeco to expand high-speed internet access to almost 17,000 households in 50 communities across the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton and Hastings counties over the next three years.
The funding announcement, which was made on Friday (October 28), is part of a partnership between Bell, Cogeco, and the Ontario and federal governments.
“This is great news for our community and for those who have been waiting for high-speed internet connections for several years,” says Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott in a media release.
Cogeco Connexion Inc. will receive up to $1,931,158 to provide high-speed internet access to 836 households in the communities of Greenhurst-Thurstonia, Omemee, and Pleasant Point by March 2024.
Bell Canada will receive up to $23,742,228 to provide high-speed internet access to 6,591 households in the communities of Alpine Village, Bancroft, Baptiste, Birds Creek, Bridgenorth, Buckhorn, Burleigh Falls, Curve Lake, Detlor, Fife’s Bay, Fort Stewart, Highland Grove, Lakeview Estates, L’Amable, Maple Leaf, Maynooth, McArthurs Mills, Mississagua Landing, Paudash, Youngs Point, and Youngstown by March 2025.
Bell Canada will also receive up to $30,764,039 to provide high-speed internet access to 9,329 households in the communities of Alpine Village, Bobcaygeon, Bolsover, Burnt River, Carnarvon, Coboconk, Eagle Lake, Fort Irwin, Gooderham, Haliburton, Horseshoe Lake, Ingoldsby, Irondale, Kirkfield, Lakeview Estates, Lochlin, Lutterworth, Minden, Moore Falls, Norland, Peterson Corner, Rosedale, Tory Hill, Victoria Place, Victoria Road, and West Guilford by December 2025.