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York Region takes action to improve Internet connectivity

June 24, 2016  
Posted by: Jacqueline O'Hara
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York Regional Council received an update on its Broadband Strategy, outlining work done over the past year to promote collaboration, business innovation and a connected lifestyle community in York Region.

"Improving Internet connectivity throughout York Region is a priority as it drives economic growth for the Region's businesses. The Internet is also used for everyday tasks from online banking to product research and completing school assignments - for the majority of people today, it has become essential to their way of life." said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. "As a result, we will continue to encourage our senior funding partners and industry stakeholders to step up their investments in modern broadband infrastructure."

York Region's Broadband Strategy was initiated and developed in partnership with all nine local municipalities, and is driving significant improvements in connectivity through initiatives such as:

  • Establishment of the Broadband Advisory Task Force, which advises on policies, works with stakeholders and gathers industry insight
  • The 2015 Broadband and Innovation Summit, which highlighted the role of broadband in enabling innovation across sectors including technology, education, small business, research, healthcare and manufacturing
  • The Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network's (ORION's) first investment in an Ontario regional/community hospital at Southlake Regional Health Centre, meaning advanced healthcare research can be done in the Region
  • Developing the York Telecom Network, potentially enabling local municipalities to deliver their own broadband initiatives and allowing Internet service providers to reach underserved areas

"High-speed connectivity is one of the grounding principles of York Region's Economic Development Action Plan," said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Michael Di Biase, Chair of Planning and Economic Development. "By continuing to push for improved broadband, we're building a knowledge economy, promoting new investment and business growth and serving the access and lifestyle needs of residents across the Region."

Future efforts under the Broadband Strategy will focus on guiding York Region toward designation by the Intelligent Community Forum as an "Intelligent Community". The Intelligent Community Forum is a think tank and global network of cities and regions. Its mission is to help communities use information and communications technology to improve quality-of-life and create prosperity in the broadband economy.

For more information on the Broadband Strategy, please visit

For more information :

Regional Municipality of York
Box 147, 17250 Yonge St
Newmarket, Ontario
Canada, L3Y 6Z1