Hong Kong – Government’s response to media enquiries on waiver of fees relating to hanging national flags at lamp posts under Highways Department’s purview

Government’s response to media enquiries on waiver of fees relating to hanging national flags at lamp posts under Highways Department’s purview

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     ​In regard to media enquiries on the waiver of fees relating to the hanging of national flags at the lamp posts under the purview of the Highways Department, a Government spokesperson gave the following response today (July 22):  



     It is the Government’s policy to promote education on patriotism. All along, the Government has been encouraging community organisations and members of the public to, on the premise of respecting the national flag, the regional flag and their designs, celebrate together National Day, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day or any other special occasion and express patriotic feelings. This includes the use of the national flag. 



     In August 2021, the Highways Department received an application for the first time from a local group for hanging national flags at the lamp posts under its purview to celebrate National Day. It handled and approved the application, and the group paid the related administrative fees and inspection fees, according to the established procedures. Later, the Government received a request for granting discretionary exemption to the fees above and, taking into account its policy to promote education on patriotism, approved the waiver of them.     



     By policy, the Government will strengthen education on patriotism by enriching contents relating to the proper handling of national flags being hung. It will cover relevant elements in the course of formulating publicity and education details.  



     The Government will also formulate an appropriate system to handle the necessary follow-up on national flags being hung, including the proper handling of the national flags hung by community organisations and members of the public (which will cover detailed arrangements on the waiver of the fees relating to the hanging of national flags at lamp posts in the future overall), and enhance their understanding of the requirements concerned. The aim is to encourage various sectors of the community to, on the one hand, express patriotic feelings on the premise of respecting the national flag and, on the other, ensure that the activities concerned are conducted and arrangements made in a proper, safe and orderly manner.

Canada – Governments of Canada and Ontario invest to bring high-speed Internet access to more rural households and First Nation communities

Bell Canada
$22,300,000
Augsburg, Barry’s Bay, Combermere, Donegal, Eganville, Hopefield, Perrault, Purdy, Wilno
3,855

Bell Canada
$12,900,000
Astorville, Bonfield, Calvin, East Ferris, Kiosk, Mattawa, Rutherglen
2,459

Bell Canada
$30,400,000
Barkway, Baysville, Bracebridge, Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Glen Echo, Glen Orchard, Golden Beach, Gravenhurst, Houseys Rapids, Kahshe Lake, Lake Dalrymple, Lakewood, Longford, Matthiasville, Milford Bay, Mortimers Point, Muskoka Beach, Muskoka Falls, Port Stanton, Scarlet Park, Severn Bridge, Southwood, Stoneleigh, Swift Rapids, Torrance, Walkers Point, Washago, Whiteside
8,202

Bell Canada
$32,100,000
Berwick, Bourget, Casselman, Clarence Creek, Crysler, Curran, Embrun, Hammond, Kenmore, Limoges, Marionville, Morewood, Riceville, Rockland, Rockland East, Russell, Sarsfield, St. Isidore, Vars, Vernon, Wendover
4,485

Bell Canada
$2,590,000
Batchawana Bay, Baysville, Cartier, Ella Lake, Foleyet, Glen Orchard, Lake Dalrymple, Northland Station, Searchmont, Trout Lake
1,200

Bell Canada
$23,200,000
Actinolite, Arden, Cloyne, Corbyville, Denbigh, Flinton,   Halloway, Harlowe, Ivanhoe, Kaladar, Madoc, Marlbank, Northbrook, Plainfield, Plevna, Queensborough, Read, Tamworth, Thomasburg, Tweed, Zion Hill
4,102

Bell Canada
$49,546,420
Animakee Wa Zhing #37, Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum, Anishnaabeg of Naongashiing, Barwick, Big Grassy (Big Grassy), Caliper Lake, Couchiching First Nation, Crow Lake (Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation), Devlin, Dinorwic, Eagle River, Emo, Fort Frances, Grassy Narrows First Nation, Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent, Kenora, Lac La Croix, Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake), Minahico, Mine Centre, Morson, Northwest Angle #33, Northwest Angle No.37, Northwest Bay (Naicatchewenin), Obashkaandagaang, Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining First Nation, Rainy River First Nations, Seine River First Nation, Shoal Lake #40, Sioux Narrows, Stratton, Upsala, Vermilion Bay, Wabaseemoong Independent Nations, Wabauskang First Nation, Wabigoon, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Whitefish Bay (Naotkamegwanning)
3,852

Cogeco Connexion Inc.
$5,175,706
Braeside, Burnstown, Calabogie, Glasgow Station
747

Cogeco Connexion Inc.
$9,603,742
Broadbent, Dunchurch, Fairholme, Hurdville, Maple Island, McKellar, Waubamik
1,697

Cogeco Connexion Inc.
$4,758,237
Gordon Bay, Humphrey, Port Cockburn
696

Cogeco Connexion Inc.
$3,286,383
Clear Lake, Kearney, Novar
948

Cogeco Connexion Inc.
$1,064,493
Domville, Maynard
394

Digital Infrastructure Group Inc.
$45,037,804
Alderville (Alderville First Nation), Bailieboro, Batawa, Bewdley, Brighton, Camborne, Campbellford, Castleton, Cobourg, Colborne, Cold Springs, Creighton Heights, East Colborne, Elizabethville, Fenella, Garden Hill, Gores Landing, Gosport, Grafton, Harwood, Hastings, Havelock, Hilton, Kendal, Lakeport, Lovett, Millbrook, Newtonville, Norham, Port Hope, Precious Corners, Roseneath, Smithfield, Spring Brook, Spring Valley, Stirling, Thomstown, Vernonville, Warkworth
13,448

Execulink Telecom Inc.
$3,608,942
Burford, Creditville, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Oxford Centre, Springford, Teeterville
656

Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited
$517,826
Auburn
111

Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited
$557,025
Bluevale, Belgrave
109

Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited
$793,578
Blyth, Lucknow, St. Helens, Wingham
115

Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited
$2,027,878
Benmiller, Bogies Beach, Nile
427

Huron Telecommunications Co-operative Limited
$596,813
St. Helens
135

Keewaytinook Okimakanak
$12,806,675
Angling Lake, Bearskin Lake, Cat Lake, Deer Lake, Dufrense (Wapakeka), Kasabonika (Kasabonika Lake), Keewaywin, Kingfisher Lake (Kingfisher), Kitchenuhmaykoosib (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug), Mishkeegogamang, Muskrat Dam (Muskrat Dam Lake), North Spirit Lake, Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, Osnaburgh House, Poplar Hill, Sachigo Lake, Sandy Lake, Slate Falls (Slate Falls Nation), Wawakapewin, Weagamow Lake (North Caribou Lake), Wunnummin Lake (Wunnumin)
3,060

Keewaytinook Okimakanak
$46,637,325
Fort Severn, Peawanuck (Weenusk)
182

Matawa First Nations Management
$62,665,952

Aroland, Calstock (Constance Lake), Ginoogaming First Nation, Long Lake #58 First Nation. A component of this project also targets the community of Wunnumin Lake First Nation.
689

Mornington Communications Cooperative Limited
$11,657,792
Amulree, Crosshill, Dorking, Gads Hill, Hesson, Linwood, Lisbon, Millbank, Milverton, New Hamburg, Poole, Rostock, Shakespeare, Tavistock
1,390

Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc.
$1,549,300
Rannoch, St. Pauls Station, Wellburn
260

Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc.
$1,076,972
Brodhagen, Mitchell, Rostock
148

Quadro Communications Co-Operative Inc.
$1,192,272
Dublin, Fullarton, Mitchell, Staffa
150

Tuckersmith Communications Cooperative Ltd
$10,625,666
Belgrave, Bluevale, Blyth, Brussels, Clinton, Ethel, Henfryn, Kinburn, Londesborough, Seaforth, Walton
1,191

Vianet Inc.
$352,850
Carling
117

Canada – Governments of Canada and Ontario announce more than $56 million in new funding to bring high-speed Internet access to thousands of more households

Over 6,500 households in rural and First Nation communities to benefit from the funding to increase access to high-speed Internet

April 19, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

Over 6,500 households in rural and First Nation communities to benefit from the funding to increase access to high-speed Internet

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, together with the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced more than $56 million in combined new federal and provincial funding for six projects to bring high-speed Internet access to over 6,500 households in rural northern and southwestern Ontario, as well as in First Nation communities.

These new projects build on an existing relationship between Ontario and Canada. On July 29, 2021, the governments announced their partnership to support large-scale, fibre-based projects that will provide high-speed Internet access to more than 280,000 rural and remote households across the province. This historic agreement was made possible by a joint federal-provincial investment totalling more than $1.2 billion.

Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario also announced additional details, including Internet service providers, for 28 projects that were announced in July 2021, under this agreement, which will provide more than $398 million in joint funding to bring high-speed Internet access to more than 50,000 households in regions across Ontario.

Today’s announcements build on the Government of Canada’s progress toward ensuring that 98 percent of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026, and 100 percent by 2030. The announcements also bring the Government of Ontario one step closer to achieving its goal of bringing reliable high-speed Internet access to every region of the province by the end of 2025. As we work to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and grow the economy, the federal and provincial governments will continue to make investments in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient Ontario and Canada for everyone.

Through its broadband initiative, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is collaborating with the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to improve the commercial viability of projects.

“We need to close the connection gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Ontario has access to reliable high-speed Internet—whether that’s in Oil Springs or Carlsbad Springs or all the way on the shores of Lake Superior. Today’s announcement of more than $56 million in new funding to connect over 6,500 rural households in the province is a milestone for Ontarians. Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and online learning services, and keep us connected to our loved ones. The Government of Canada will continue to make investments like these to help achieve our national target of connecting 98 percent of Canadians by 2026 and 100 percent by 2030.”

– The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“People’s lives are moving more and more online. This is a challenge for communities in Ontario that are without access to high-speed Internet. These investments made by our government will allow for increased access to education, health care, business opportunities and social connections. Communities will have the tools to more fully participate in social programs and economic opportunities, improving the health and well-being of the region.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario

“Expanding broadband service allows Canadians to better use public services like health care and education and creates new economic opportunities across Ontario’s rural communities. Unlocking the potential of large-scale broadband expansion by collaborating with Internet service providers is a tremendous opportunity and the CIB is part of the solution to connect more Canadians.”

– Ehren Cory, CEO, Canada Infrastructure Bank

“The Ontario government is ensuring every community across the province has access to reliable high-speed Internet by the end of 2025. By working together with our federal partners and Internet service providers, we are increasing access to high-speed Internet and building a stronger foundation for Ontario’s economic growth and prosperity. We are ensuring that the agriculture sector and all families, workers and businesses have a better and brighter future. No one will be left behind.”

– The Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

Canada’s Connectivity Strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.

The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $2.75 billion investment by the Government of Canada designed to help connect 98 percent of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100 percent connectivity by 2030. Only the hardest-to-reach households may take until 2030 to get connected.

On July 29, 2021, a Canada-Ontario broadband partnership was announced. This agreement will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 280,000 households across Ontario with a total investment of more than $1.2 billion, co-funded equally by both levels of government.

In 2021, Ontario announced projects in regions across the province, including six projects that will serve northern Ontario and 17 projects led exclusively by the province under the Improving Connectivity for Ontario program.

Another part of Ontario’s plan to achieve 100 percent access to connectivity for all regions across the province is a new competitive process led by Infrastructure Ontario to help connect more homes and businesses in unserved and underserved communities.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $71 million through a partnership with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network to help improve cellular service in eastern Ontario. 

The Government of Ontario is investing more than $63 million in the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology project to help bring high-speed Internet access to more than 58,000 homes, farms and businesses across southwestern Ontario. The province has also invested in high-speed Internet projects to support connectivity in rural and northern Ontario, including through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and through the Next Generation Network Program.

Luka Vujic

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development

343-571-9582

luka.vujic@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Hayley Cooper

Office of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure

hayley.cooper@ontario.ca

Canada – Governments of Canada and Ontario to make an important announcement about high-speed Internet

The Honourable Patty Hadju, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, together with the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, will make an announcement about improving high-speed Internet access.

April 14, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

The Honourable Patty Hadju, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, together with the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, will make an announcement about improving high-speed Internet access.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Location: Virtual

Note to media
Members of the media will be able to participate via teleconference.

For media participation by teleconference:
Media outlets wanting to take part in the teleconference are asked to contact ISED Media Relations (media@ised-isde.gc.ca) to receive the dial-in information.

Luka Vujic

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development

343-571-9582

luka.vujic@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Hayley Cooper

Office of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

hayley.cooper@ontario.ca

Canada – Governments of Canada and Ontario invest up to $24 million to bring high-speed Internet to up to 1,180 rural households

News release

Today, Irek Kusmierczyk, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, along with Bob Bailey, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sarnia–Lambton, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced up to $24 million in funding to bring high-speed Internet to up to 1,180 households in rural Ontario. These communities include areas near Brooke-Alvinston, Inwood, Oakdale, Oil City, Oil Springs, Pelee Island, Wheatley Harbour, Elmdale, rural areas near Tilbury, Birr, Clandeboye, Denfield and Lucan.

Rural Ontarians to benefit from increased connectivity to high-speed Internet

March 29, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

Today, Irek Kusmierczyk, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, along with Bob Bailey, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sarnia–Lambton, on behalf of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced up to $24 million in funding to bring high-speed Internet to up to 1,180 households in rural Ontario. These communities include areas near Brooke-Alvinston, Inwood, Oakdale, Oil City, Oil Springs, Pelee Island, Wheatley Harbour, Elmdale, rural areas near Tilbury, Birr, Clandeboye, Denfield and Lucan.  

The governments of Canada and Ontario have partnered to support large-scale, fibre-based projects that will provide high-speed Internet access to 280,000 rural and remote households across the province. This historic agreement, announced on July 29, 2021, is being made possible by a joint federal-provincial investment totalling more than $1.2 billion. The governments of Canada and Ontario are now announcing details of projects selected under that agreement.

Today’s announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s progress toward ensuring that 98% of Canadians have access to high-speed Internet by 2026, and 100% by 2030. The Government of Ontario is committed to bringing reliable high-speed Internet access to every region of the province by the end of 2025. As we work to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic and grow the economy, the governments of Canada and Ontario will continue to make investments in infrastructure to build strong communities and a more competitive and resilient Ontario and Canada for everyone. 

Quotes

“We need to close the connection gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of Ontario has access to reliable high-speed Internet—whether that’s in Oil Springs or Carlsbad Springs, or all the way on the shores of Lake Superior. Today’s announcement of up to $24 million to connect up to 1,180 rural households in the province is a historic milestone for Ontarians. Investments like these help create jobs, improve access to health care and online learning services, and keep us connected to our loved ones. The Government of Canada will continue to make investments like these to help achieve our national target of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026, and 100% by 2030.”

– The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“The government has a comprehensive plan to help connect every Ontarian with access to reliable high-speed Internet by the end of 2025. No one will be left behind. By working together with our federal partners and Internet service providers, we are expanding access to high-speed Internet to more communities across the province — including in Southwestern Ontario — so everyone can access critical health services, learn, work, start a business, and connect with their loved ones—all online.”

– The Honourable Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure for the Province of Ontario

“This is excellent news for rural Ontario as a whole! The pandemic has shown us how essential high-speed Internet access has become. The Government of Canada understands that it is urgent and vital to connect rural and remote regions throughout Canada, including Ontario.”

– Irek Kusmierczyk, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

“Access to reliable, high-speed Internet is equally as important to rural residents and businesses as it is to those in larger urban centres. I am extremely pleased that this project will bring essential high-speed Internet to up to 1,180 new households in rural Southwestern Ontario.”

– Bob Bailey, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sarnia–Lambton

Quick facts

The projects announced today are receiving up to $24 million in Government of Canada and Government of Ontario funding to bring high-speed Internet to up to 1,180 households in areas near Brooke-Alvinston, Inwood, Oakdale, Oil City, Oil Springs, Pelee Island, Wheatley Harbour, Elmdale,  rural areas near Tilbury, Birr, Clandeboye, Denfield and Lucan. The Internet service will be provided by Brooks Bay Cable Corporation, Quadro Communications and Gosfield North Communication.

Canada’s Connectivity Strategy aims to provide all Canadians with access to Internet speeds of at least 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download / 10 Mbps upload.

The Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) is a $2.75 billion investment by the Government of Canada designed to help connect 98% of Canadians to high-speed Internet by 2026 and achieve the national target of 100% connectivity by 2030. Only the hardest-to-reach households may take until 2030 to connect.

On July 29, 2021, a Canada-Ontario broadband partnership was announced. This agreement will connect 280,000 households across Ontario to broadband with a total investment of $1.2 billion, co-funded equally by both levels of government.

In 2021, Ontario announced projects in regions across the province, including six projects that will serve Northern Ontario and 17 projects led exclusively by the province under the Improving Connectivity for Ontario program.

Another part of Ontario’s plan to achieve 100% connectivity for all regions across the province is a new competitive process led by Infrastructure Ontario to help connect more homes and businesses in unserved and underserved communities.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $71 million through a partnership with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network to help improve cellular service in Eastern Ontario.

The Government of Ontario is investing more than $63 million in the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology project to help bring high-speed Internet access to more than 58,000 homes, farms and businesses across Southwestern Ontario. The province has also invested in high-speed Internet projects to support connectivity in rural and Northern Ontario, including through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and through the Next Generation Network Program.

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Associated links

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Canada Infrastructure Bank announcement

High-Speed Access for All: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy

Ontario connects: making high-speed Internet accessible in every community

Contacts

Government of Canada

Luka Vujic

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development

343-571-9582

luka.vujic@ised-isde.gc.ca

Media Relations

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

343-291-1777

media@ised-isde.gc.ca

Government of Ontario

Hayley Cooper

Office of the Honourable Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure

hayley.cooper@ontario.ca

Sofia Sousa-Dias

Communications Branch

Ministry of Infrastructure

sofia.sousa-dias@ontario.ca

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