About the Program
The high cost of providing infrastructure for citizens in and around rural and remote communities in B.C. has been identified by municipal governments, First Nations, Regional Districts, regional Internet service providers, and community advocates as one of the key barriers to expanding Internet services. The Connecting British Columbia program helps pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to rural and remote areas of the province.
The program is funded by the Province of British Columbia (Network BC) and is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Phase One – Closed
Phase one of the program resulted in $10 million being invested into last mile infrastructure that connected more than 43,000 homes and businesses to high-speed Internet in rural and remote areas of B.C. This has provided numerous communities with increased opportunities for economic diversification and lifestyle enhancements, access to new business opportunities, services, education and ways to connect with family and friends.
Phase Two – Intake One
Phase two of the Connecting British Columbia program will consist of multiple intakes, subject to funding availability. Intake One will help eligible B.C.-based connectivity projects leverage federal funding to maximize dollars available to bring high-speed Internet to rural and remote communities. This intake will be open to B.C.-based projects that applied to the federal $500 million Connect to Innovate program.
While the federal Connect to Innovate (CTI) and provincial Connecting British Columbia programs are distinct, they have similarities in serving rural and remote communities and enhancing telecommunications infrastructure that will help to make British Columbia the most connected province in the country. Funding from Connecting British Columbia program may be used to offset a portion of funding conditionally approved under the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate program.
Application intake period: May 15 – 31, 2017
Additional intakes to be determined funding permitting.
For program enquiries contact:
Northern Development Initiative Trust
301-1268 Fifth Avenue, Prince George BC V2L 3L2 Canada