|The County of Brant is pleased to announce that we will be installing free Wi-Fi at local parks thanks to being awarded a $48,852 grant from the Canada Healthy Community Initiative.|
“We are thankful for this incredible grant,” said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant. “After consulting with the public, we learned that many citizens would like free access to Wi-Fi in local parks. We are so pleased that, with the assistance from the Government of Canada, we can make this happen in 2022.”
The following parks will receive free Wi-Fi: Burford Community Centre, Scotland Optimist Park, Mt. Pleasant Park, Arena Park/South Dumfries Community Centre, and Paris Lions Park.
In 2021, the public was asked for their comments regarding implementing free Wi-Fi in local parks. Virtual engagement was held on www.EngageBrant.ca and the survey results indicated that the majority of respondents would like access to free Wi-Fi at local parks for the top three reasons: to communicate with friends and family, for work purposes and to obtain information about County services and programs.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19 to build pandemic-resilient spaces for the future. Community Foundations of Canada facilitated this program, and at the local level the Brant Community Foundation was part of the collective of Golden Horseshoe community foundations that determined the grants for the region.
“Digital solutions, such as free Wi-Fi at local parks, allow people and communities the opportunity to feel connected,” said Bailey. “We will continue to build Brant’s resiliency.”
More information will be shared in the future about when the Wi-Fi will be installed.