Federal Liberals Announce Funding For Bringing Internet Services To Remote First Nations

Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 14:10 PM

Almost 70 million dollars is being spent to extend broadband internet service into five remote first nation communities in northwestern Ontario.

Kenora M.P. Bob Nault says this is all part of the funding announced by the government last year to improve connectivity in northern and rural areas.

Nault says this is the beginning of the work that they announced in their last budget of 500 million dollars for rural broadband connections.

He also says these kinds of announcements show that the north is accounted for and hopefully some gaps in services will be addressed.

Fort Hope, Webequie, Summer Beaver, Landsdowne House and Marten Falls are the five communities that will benefit from the announcement.

The federal government is contributing 39.2 million dollars to the project, with the provincial government coming in with 30 million.

Nault goes on to say having broadband internet services in these areas will help general well-being and benefit schools and their libraries as well.