The L.E.A.F. Initiative is a Commonwell program to support capacity, resiliency and growth in the communities we call home.

Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Cramahe Township

PO Box 190, 6 King Street West ColborneK0K 1S0

Target Completion Date: February 28, 2022

What is this project about?

Bridging the Digital Divide in rural Ontario is costly, complicated and time consuming. The Ontario and Federal Governments are investing, but it all takes time and time is money, or opportunities lost.

Libraries across Ontario are doing their part to help this situation by focusing on assisting through “wifi hotspot” devices that they lend out to patrons for a limited period of time, along with a tablet or chromebook.

Cramahe Township and many parts of Northumberland County have two serious issues:-

(1) Affordability – many of our population simply cannot afford a mini computer or the internet
(2) Accessibility – many in our population simply cannot achieve good internet service rurally

This project would enable our Library to lend out wifi hotspot devices & chrome books for a limited period of time (just like a book) to access the internet.