The County of Brant is now offering free public Wi-Fi at several local throughout the municipality.
Parks now offering free Wi-Fi include: Burford Community Centre, Scotland Optimist Park, Mt. Pleasant Park, Sunny Hill Park and Splashpad, and Paris Lions Park.
The County of Brant was awarded a $48,852 grant from the Canada Healthy Community Initiative to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19 to build pandemic-resilient spaces for the future.
After consulting with the public, the majority of respondents indicated they 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.
As well, it should be noted that the free public Wi-Fi network name and password have been updated to ‘COUNTYWIFI’ and ‘publicwifi’, respectively, at parks and county facilities. Signage has been posted at local parks and facilities where free Wi-Fi is available.
The Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada. 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.