The provincial government is spending $17.3 million to help 16 communities develop "community Internet portals that are a one-window access to the region's municipal services, activities and businesses."
Even with the current exchange rate ($1.00 Canadian = 72 cents U.S.) that seems like a lot of money for what these sites will do, but then maybe I'm missing something. More impressive is the note near the bottom of the press release about another program:
"Connect Ontario Broadband Regional Access: COBRA is a three-year $55 million program that provides high-speed telecommunications in rural and Northern Ontario ... COBRA provides the necessary broadband infrastructure for communities to provide web-based services. COBRA encourages public-private partnerships to create the infrastructure for affordable, reliable broadband connectivity to about 80 per cent of Ontario's geographic regions."