We’re funded! Now what?
We know that you’re just as excited as we are by the $180 million combined investment by the Governments of Canada and Ontario in the SWIFT Initiative. We can’t wait to get to work building broadband for everyone in South Western Ontario and Niagara Region. It’s an exciting time and we’re ready to get to work.
We’re busy meeting with our partners and stakeholders and putting our plan in place for what happens next – and we promise you’ll be the first to know when we’re ready to announce official timelines and plans for moving the project forward. For now, please join us in celebrating this important occasion – and make sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about what happens from here.
Stay tuned for more information about how and when we’ll build #broadbandforeveryone and connect over 350 communities and more than 3.5 million Ontarians.
Thank you for your support for the SWIFT Initiative – we wouldn’t be here without you.
What is SWIFT?
Regardless of the size of your community, your age, education, or where you work, you deserve access to high-speed broadband. SWIFT is a forward-looking, financially sustainable plan to help the region compete, connect and keep pace in a digital world. SWIFT aims build an ultra-high-speed fibre optic regional broadband network for everyone in Western Ontario.
The project was initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) and its partners (City of Orillia, Town of Caledon, the Region of Niagara, Grey Bruce Health Services, and Georgian College), with support from the federal and provincial governments.
Who we are
WOWC represents 15 rural municipalities in western Ontario.
The SWIFT network also includes the City of Orillia, Town of Caledon, and the Region of Niagara as municipal partners. Additionally, Grey Bruce Health Services and Georgian College are non-municipal members. First Nations supporters include the Southern First Nations Secretariat, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and the Walpole Island First Nation. We are pleased to have the support of the federal and provincial governments.
Partners in the SWIFT initiative recognize that working with the community to bring fibre-optic connectivity to every citizen, farm, business, and organization is critical to our region’s prosperity.
Complete organizational design, business plan, and funding in 2016.
Select Internet Service Providers to build and operate SWIFT.
Complete initial construction and connect communities.
- Up to 1 Gbps access for under $100/ month (target)
- Internet transit to major Internet Exchange Points in Toronto, St. Catharines, and Windsor for faster and affordable Internet
- Fibre optic connectivity accessible to 3.5 million people across 41,286 km2
- Funding through various levels of government: $160 million in Federal and Provincial funds; $60 million from Internet Service Providers, and $20 million from municipalities and other supporters
- Total cost: $240 million