How is funding awarded?
SWIFT has issued and closed 20 Requests for Proposals (RFPs), which invited prequalified service providers to submit network designs to address broadband service gaps in eligible funding areas throughout Southwestern Ontario.
Committed to an open, fair and transparent procurement process and to ensure funding was awarded fairly, SWIFT evaluated all compliant proposals based on a predetermined assessment criteria.
In total SWIFT has awarded 97 contracts to 19 unique Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to bring improved internet connectivity to Southwestern Ontario by 2023.
SWIFT’s RFP process involves several important stages to ensure high-quality projects are selected for funding. Despite best effort,timelines and the duration of each stage may vary depending on project size and external factors.
Request for Proposal Issued
SWIFT will issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for eligible funding areas for each county in Southwestern Ontario, including Niagara and Caledon
Service providers design and submit network proposals for the construction of new broadband infrastructure capable of providing 50/10 service or better in eligible funding areas.
Evaluation and Assessment
A team consisting of SWIFT staff and one municipal representative will review all eligible proposals. Eligible proposals will then be evaluated against the assessment criteria set out in the RFP to ensure funding is awarded to projects that maximize the reach of high-speed connectivity to underserviced communities.
Once proposals are selected and contracts are awarded the Ontario Government will announce all successful projects, including construction timelines.
Network build is complete delivering high-speed internet to many more rural areas to help grow businesses and connect people to online resources, services, friends and family.