The province is investing up to $50 million to improve access to high-speed broadband connectivity in schools across Ontario, with a goal to provide all students with reliable and equitable access to learning resources.
The campaign will be conducted in three waves over the next four years with a focus on northern, rural and remote schools. The first wave of 182 schools impacting 73,000 students will include four local schools.
Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic Ditrict School Board has two schools on the list: St. Theresa Catholic Secondary School in Belleville and Kingston’s Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School.
Also included in Kingston is École élémentaire publique Madeleine-de-Roybon et École secondaire publique Mille-Îles (K12) on Gilmour Avenue.
Limestone District School Board has two schools in phase 1: Amherstview Public School and North Addington Education Centre Public School in Cloyne.
The Ontario government reports infrastructure upgrades, depending on the needs of individual schools, will include:
- Investing in new fibre optic infrastructure to connect schools to an internet service provider.
- Improving network capacity to handle large amounts of data required to use new technologies in the classroom.
- Ensuring a broadband speed of 1 Megabit per second per student and updating the network design to be more student-friendly.
- Providing equitable access to broadband services for students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
Schools included in the first phase are scheduled to meet a 1 Mbps per student connectivity metric by the 2017-18 school year. The second wave will begin in 2017-18 and will include more than 1,000 schools across the province.
A full list of phase 1 schools across the province can be found here.