SWIFT receives $180 million in federal and provincial funding through Small Communities Fund
On July 26, 2016 at the London Roundhouse in London, Ontario, the Governments of Canada and Ontario announced they are investing in the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project with contributions of $90 million each towards the total project cost of approximately $281 million. This investment will support the expansion of access to broadband by delivering fibre optic coverage to over 350 communities with a total population of 3.5 million across Western Ontario, as well as Caledon and Niagara.
Grey County has played a signficant leadership role in developing the SWIFT Initiative, with Director of IT Geoff Hogan serving as the SWIFT Technical Lead through a partial secondment and Ashleigh Weeden, Project Lead - Connected County Initiative, providing communications support through a partial secondment. Grey County was key to the early stage development, with former CAO Lance Thurston and former Warden Duncan McKinley leading the SWIFT Committee during its formative months. This project has been developing since 2011, with the funding announcement representing a sigificant achievement by Grey County and the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus driven by five years of advocacy and leadership in building #broadbandforeveryone.