Having access to reliable internet has become a basic necessity in the 21st century with our society being increasingly reliant on technology and global connectedness. Yet many remote communities in Ontario, particularly in northern Ontario, still do not have sufficient internet service, meaning that students in these communities are not able to access their online class materials and complete their post-secondary programs successfully.
Just this past May, CSA had the opportunity to participate in a Ministerial Advisory Council on the economic recovery of COVID-19, during which we emphasized the need for the expansion of broadband internet service in rural and remote communities to ensure that all post-secondary students in Ontario can participate fully in their education regardless of their location.
CSA is delighted to announce that the provincial government has acknowledged this need for accessible internet by investing $150 million into expanding broadband and cellular service in remote, rural, and underserved communities. CSA is hopeful that this investment will shape the future of accessibility to education through online learning and guarantee all post-secondary students in Ontario access to a quality education, as one of the positive long-lasting impacts of COVID-19.