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.
As we work toward our first set of milestones, we’ll be following our commitments to stay open and transparent. Read our latest FAQ update to learn more about what’s happening now and check back frequently 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?
The SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is a forward-looking, financially sustainable plan to help the region connect, compete and keep pace in a digital world by building a holistic, ultra-high-speed fibre optic network across the region. Spearheaded by community and businesses leaders across southwestern Ontario, Caledon, and Niagara Region, SWIFT will build an ultra-high-speed fibre optic regional broadband network for everyone. Regardless of the size of your community, your age, education, or where you work, you deserve affordable access to high-speed broadband – and SWIFT is working to build and deliver critical infrastructure to our communities by connecting over 350 communities across 41,286 km2 through 3000 Points of Presence and offering up to 1 Gbps access for $100/month.
The project was initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) in 2011 and was quickly joined by additional partners, including the City of Orillia, the Town of Caledon, the Region of Niagara, Grey Bruce Health Services, and Georgian College. In 2016, SWIFT received $180 million in funding support from the federal and provincial governments.
Who does SWIFT represent?
SWIFT represents the combined connectivity interests of 15 rural municipalities in southwestern Ontario, as well as the Town of Caledon, City of Orillia, and Niagara Region.
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.
Identify infrastructure priorities and select Internet Service Providers to build and operate SWIFT. RFPQ to be released mid-2017, with RFP to follow.
Begin construction as early as 2018.
Complete initial construction and connect communities. First phase of network build to occur 2018-2022.
- 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: $180 million in Federal and Provincial funds; $60 million from Internet Service Providers, and $20 million from municipalities and other supporters
- Total cost: $240 million
We want to hear from you! Help make high-speed internet access a reality for everyone by expressing your support and staying informed. Sign up for our email newsletter to the right or follow us on Facebook & Twitter to stay in the loop.
You can also reach us by phone at 519-914-1308 to learn more about SWIFT and how we’re building broadband for everyone in southwestern Ontario, Caledon, and Niagara Region.
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