MP Michael Barrett delivers federal funding to expand Internet services

Published on May 26, 2021

Brockville, ON – Today, Michael Barrett, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes delivered $5.5 million in federal funding to expand Internet services for eastern Ontario communities that include Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and Merrickville-Wolford.

Funding from the Government of Canada through the Universal Broadband Fund’s Rapid Response Stream will include $2.6 million for Bell and $2.9 million to Cogeco Connection to bring faster Internet to rural residents across eastern Ontario communities that include Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and Merrickville-Wolford.

“It’s important for our community to receive its fair share of federal funding for critical projects and services, and after advocating to bring faster Internet access to rural residents in our community, today’s federal funding announcement will help to connect more homes and businesses who especially now rely on high-speed Internet to work and learn from home, and to stay connected with their loved ones,” said MP Barrett.

When the Universal Broadband Fund was first announced in 2019, local municipalities, Internet service providers, and private sector companies in the region partnered together to improve connectivity for Edwardsburgh-Cardinal and Merrickville-Wolford. These projects will connect 2,374 households in eastern and central Ontario to high-speed Internet.

“Working together with local partners, I will continue to advocate for funding to municipal partners who are awaiting support from the federal government, and we will continue to deliver essential services and support for households and businesses to secure more opportunities for the recovery and future of our community,” added MP Barrett.

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