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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
2,041 days in office
Ontario's 42nd Parliament
07 Jun 2018 - 03 May 2022
Ontario's 43rd Parliament
24 Jun 2022 - Present

The 2022 Ontario general election was held on June 2, 2022 to elect the 124 members of the 43rd Parliament of Ontario. The Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, won a majority government with 83 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The incumbent party, they increased their seat share from 76 in the 2018 election. They campaigned on a slogan to “get it done,” pledging to build highways and transit infrastructure and open up the “Ring of Fire,” a mineral-rich area in northern Ontario. Instead of an election platform, the Ontario PC Party presented its promises on its website in the form of press releases throughout the campaign.

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Promise History

2.11.43 - “We are […] expanding broadband access across rural and Northern Ontario”

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The 2022 Ontario budget, released under the Ford government during their last term, included resources dedicated to building high-speed broadband infrastructure in rural Ontario. This was supported more recently by agreements made with internet service providers to provide internet across the province. As this infrastructure is being developed now, the promise is in progress.

“Today, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development — together with Amarjot Sandhu, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure — announced more than $56 million in combined funding for three projects by Bell and Cogeco to bring high-speed internet access to over 16,000 households in rural communities across eastern Ontario. Bell’s projects are set to be completed between March and December 2025, and Cogeco’s project is set to be completed by March 2024.”

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“The province has signed agreements with eight internet service providers to bring access to as many as 339 municipalities across Ontario. The internet service providers were selected through a two-stage competitive process and are part of Ontario’s historic investment of nearly $4 billion to bring access to reliable high-speed internet across the province.”

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“Nearly $4 billion beginning in 2019–20 to support the government’s commitment to provide high-speed internet access to every community in Ontario by the end of 2025.”

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“Ontario is also helping to speed up construction of high-speed internet projects in communities across the province through the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021. This legislation will help reduce barriers that can cause delays with building broadband infrastructure in communities and will help provide access to reliable, high-speed internet sooner, while strengthening communities and the economy.”

“[W]e are introducing Ontario’s first-ever broadband and cellular action plan. It outlines why fast and reliable connectivity is critical to delivering on our commitment to make Ontario open for business and jobs. Connected communities attract significant and lasting investments, which boost the local and provincial economy, improving the quality of life for all Ontarians.”

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