Rural Connections Broadband Program (Rural Connections)

The Rural Connections Broadband Program is expanding broadband service for rural residents and businesses. The resulting projects are turning miles into milliseconds. Watch video clips from rural employers and residents explaining what broadband means to them.

Since launching Rural Connections in 2007, the Government of Ontario has partnered with rural municipalities on 54 high-speed Internet infrastructure projects.

The results are impressive.

Already, 1/2 million rural residents and businesses have access to broadband service thanks to projects completed by March 31, 2012. This number will grow to 550,000 as Rural Connections projects currently under construction come online in early 2013. This number will further increase to over one million when a related project, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, completes its construction phase in 2014.

The Rural Connections Broadband Program has invested $31.4 million in 54 rural broadband projects since June, 2007. The telecom sector responded to this investment in rural broadband and commonly took on up to 2/3 of the cost of each municipal project … investing $2 for every $1 invested by the province. Municipal governments co-ordinated the projects and in some cases, made financial investments in the projects.

The following tables show which rural municipalities participated in the Rural Connections Broadband program and what stage each project is at.

Projects Announced: June 6, 2007

Location
Approved Provincial Funding
People Served
Businesses Served
Project Status
Grey, County of
$500,000
7000
300
Completed
Dufferin, County of
$995,532
12679
1915
Completed
Durham, Regional Municipality of
$262,000
4500
195
Completed
Elgin, County of
$286,667
15000
1800
Completed
North Glengarry, Township of
$42,150
950
77
Completed
Haliburton, County of
$37,600
7100
945
Completed
Kawartha Lakes, City of
$243,378
23100
1360
Completed
Milton, Town of
$480,600
6535
390
Completed
Huron, County of
$850,000
7600
2000
Completed
Kingston, City of
$480,000
7715
1000
Completed
Dawn-Euphemia, Township of
$500,000
25594
250
Completed
Lanark, County of
$233,333
9973
1561
Completed
Leeds & Grenville, United Counties of
$259,210
10297
477
Completed
Perth, County of
$850,000
5000
400
Completed
Peterborough, County of
$1,000,000
18000
775
Completed
Hastings, County of
$100,000
16000
120
Completed
South Glengarry, Township of
$548,743
1810
84
Completed
Georgina, Town of
$723,658
20646
166
Completed

 

Projects Announced: November 28, 2008

Location Approved or Final Provincial Funding People Served Businesses Served Project Status
Bancroft, Town of
$144,113
1741
45
Completed
Frontenac, County of
$789,078
7921
450
Completed
Greater Madawaska, Township of
$230,413
2221
65
Completed
Grey, County of
$1,000,000
8983
159
Completed
Haliburton, County of
$1,000,000
18358
107
Completed
Halton Hills, Town of
$397,038
11526
150
Completed
Kawartha Lakes, City of
$465,120
5637
564
Completed
Laurentian Hills, Town of
$83,255
540
18
Completed
Middlesex, County of
$1,000,000
41414
3451
Completed
Northumberland, County of
$976,833
31600
1200
Completed
Ramara, Township of
$378,333
7500
80
Completed
Simcoe, County of
$1,000,000
17805
601
Completed
Smith- Ennismore-Lakefield
$1,000,000
5385
175
Completed
South Glengarry, Township of
$299,798
5275
80
Completed
South Stormont, Township of
$72,479
536
17
Completed

 

Projects Announced: June 19, 2009

Location Approved Provincial Funding People Served Businesses Served Project Status
Bruce, County of
$1,000,000
1750
85
In progress
Essex, County of
$1,000,000
8028
364
In progress
Hastings, County of
$452,000
5614
326
In progress
Lanark, County of
$631,658
8480
223
In progress
Laurentian Valley, Township of
$700,908
18000
600
Completed
Lennox and Addington, County of
$621,793
10042
480
Completed
McNab/Braeside, Township of
$329,106
5000
150
Completed
Norfolk, County of
$1,000,000
18158
75
Completed
North Frontenac, Township of
$73,142
4384
40
Completed
Oxford, County of
$988,333
34918
2839
Completed
Prescott and Russell, United Counties
$898,610
4500
450
Completed
Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, United Counties of
$521,458
12578
540
Completed
Wellington, County of
$1,000,000
36708
554
Completed

 

Projects Announced: February 1, 2011

Location Approved Provincial Funding People Served Businesses Served Project Status
Whitchurch-Stouffville, Town of
$262,967
3,272
239
Deferred
Brant, County of
$806,010
15,580
1200
Completed
Tiny, Township of
$688,167
5,976
27
Completed
Tillsonburg, Town of
$487,167
80
600
Completed
St. Clair, Township of
$100,000
3,315
879
In progress
Durham, Regional Municipality of
$1,000,000
14,614
NA
Deferred
Amherstburg, Town of
$243,322
200
2
Completed
Kingsville, Town of
$247,142
3,463
126
Completed
Lakeshore, Town of
$812,874
14,827
344
Completed

Select Map of Broadband Expansion to see the areas affected by the preceding Rural Connections projects and the Eastern Ontario Regional Network project.

Excel Spreadsheets

Schedule 2 Gap Analysis, Schedule 4 Cost Summary

Rural Connections Broadband Program - Maps

Click on this link to view the maps for each country

 


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Fax: 1-519-826-4336
E-mail: RuralConnections.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 16June 2009
Last Reviewed: 31 January 2010