February 12, 2016 - The leaders of southwestern Ontario municipalities are seeking funding to expand the prosperity base of the region. This includes funding the build of the SWIFT network, a ubiquitous, affordable and an accessible regional ultra-high speed (fibre-based) broadband network. They are also seeking sustainable and more predictable funding from other orders of government for critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rail and bus transportation, social housing and high speed Intranet.
NIAGARA FALLS, On (August 18, 2015) – The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) is ensuring that its efforts to bring ultra-high-speed internet across the region is on the Province’s radar at the Association of Municipalites of Ontario conference in Niagara Falls.
WOWC updated Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid about the project, which aims to address the region’s long-term readiness as the demand for connectivity grows.
May 13, 2015
Georgian College has pledged support for the SWIFT initiative, contributing $10,000 in funding for the project that will build an ultra-high-speed fibre-optic broadband network throughout Southwestern Ontario.
Georgian College joins Grey Bruce Health Services and the Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.) as a non-WOWC member of the SWIFT initiative.
Submitted by CGravlev, Friday, January 9, 2015
Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope Acclaimed as Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus
Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope is the new Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC). Mayor Hope was acclaimed to the one year-term at the Annual General Meeting of the Caucus in London today. Warden Tom Bain of Essex County was acclaimed as Vice Chair.
Meeting Highlights from July 23, 2014.
WOWC implements standing committees to enhance engagement opportunities
The new WOWC standing committee structure was recognized as a means of enhancing member engagement, and providing opportunity for greater examination by the membership on matters of particular significance.
Development of a Regional Broadband Network for southwestern Ontario is one step closer to reality. The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) has approved a $350,000 budget for the next stage of the project, which includes public education, formal business case development, and application to the Building Canada Fund. The decision was made at this week's Rural Ontario Municipal Association / Ontario Good Roads Association combined conference in Toronto.