Telesat Holdings Inc.'s push to become Canada's biggest purveyor of low-earth orbit satellites (LEO) got another boost Friday, as it announced a $109 million deal with the government of Ontario. In exchange for the money, Telesat says it will hire more workers in the province, and sell its LEO satellite capacity at "substantially reduced" rates to Canadian internet service providers (ISPs.) According to a release, the company will grow its Ontario workforce by some 35 per cent up to roughly 400 workers, and spend $20 million expanding its Ontario facilities. "Investments include a new gateway landing station at Telesat’s Allan Park teleport near Hanover, ON, as well as the expansion of the company’s corporate headquarters in Ottawa, ON, where the majority of its staff will be located," the company said in a release. "This partnership with the Government of Ontario will not only achieve the province’s goal of connecting everyone, regardless of where they live, to affordable high-speed Internet, but also positions Ontario at the forefront of the highly strategic New Space Economy through Telesat’s local investments in jobs and technology innovations,” Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg said in a release. In February, Telesat announced that its LEO satellite constellation, which it has branded Lightspeed, would launch in 2023. That announcement came three months after the former crown corporation decided it was going public in a corporate restructuring. Last fall, the federal government gave Telesat some $600 million towards the development of its LEO constellation.