The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative, of which Norfolk County is a partner, will receive $180 million to improve high-speed internet connectivity to over 350 communities in Southwestern Ontario.
Once complete, the SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project will ensure that individuals from all walks of life have access to the new fibre optic network. From small-business owners and senior citizens to students and rural physicians, this project will significantly increase the potential for innovation and economic development across the region resulting in safer, more inclusive and more prosperous communities.
The total estimated project cost is $281 million. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each contribute up to $90 million through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–Small Communities Fund. The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus will be responsible for the remaining project costs.