Ontario Bringing High-Speed Internet Access to Pickering-Uxbridge
Province helping to connect more unserved and underserved homes and businesses
Pickering, ON – The Ontario government is bringing high-speed internet access to unserved and underserved homes and businesses in Pickering-Uxbridge, marking another milestone in its plan to help connect every corner of the province by the end of 2025.
“Access to high-speed internet will help build and strengthen communities like Pickering- Uxbridge by helping families stay in touch and while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy. It’s the type of critical infrastructure that will benefit the entire community.”
“Our government is ensuring every community in Ontario has access to reliable high-speed internet,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “We are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in areas such as Pickering-Uxbridge. Through our tremendous progress, more Ontarians will be able to have access to reliable high-speed internet no matter where they live.”
The government estimates that there are as many as 240 underserved homes and businesses in Pickering-Uxbridge. Following a two-stage competitive process, Rogers Communications Canada has signed an agreement with the province to bring high-speed internet access to homes and businesses. In total, the province has signed agreements with eight internet service providers to bring access to up to 266,000 unserved and underserved homes and businesses in as many as 339 municipalities across Ontario.
Today’s announcement is part of Ontario’s historic investment of nearly $4 billion to bring access to reliable high-speed internet across the province, which will help ensure that every home and business, in every community, can participate in today’s economy.
- The Ontario government has committed over $950 million to nearly 190 broadband, cellular and satellite projects to date, bringing faster internet access to over 375,000 homes and businesses across the province, and significantly improving cellular connectivity throughout Eastern Ontario.
- In 2021, Ontario passed the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 to help speed up construction of broadband projects. To build upon this legislation, the Ontario government passed the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 which further reduces barriers, duplication and delays.
- Expanding access to high-speed internet is part of Ontario Onwards: Ontario’s COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government, which includes more than 30 projects that are changing the way people and businesses interact with government.
Office of Peter Bethlenfalvy
MPP, Pickering – Uxbridge