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.
Applications are being accepted for:
- Phase Three: Funding Intake in Support of COVID-19 Response
- Phase Three: Last-Mile, Transport Infrastructure
- Regional Connectivity Plan Funding
CRTC has posted a series of short 1-2 minute instructional videos (for transport, last-mile access, mobile, and satellite-dependent communities) on how to create maps before submitting them with the CRTC Broadband Fund applications. The videos provide assistance on submitting mapping data and how that data should be linked to the Application Workbook.
The program is funded by the Province of British Columbia (Network BC) and is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust.
The $50 million allocation to Phase Three is the largest single investment since the program’s creation in 2015.
The Connecting British Columbia program has a short-term opening for funding applications that can be implemented immediately to upgrade networks and expand rural connectivity bandwidth and coverage where needed. Proposals will be evaluated as received with an expedited turnaround time for funding approvals.
Click here to learn more about Phase Three: Funding Intake in Support of COVID-19 Response and to download documents, including an FAQ page and the application form.
The Connecting British Columbia program is currently accepting applications for Phase Three: Last-Mile, Transport Infrastructure. Funds are available to help internet service providers and regional and local governments connect people in rural and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet.
Click here to learn more about Phase Three: Last-Mile, Transport Infrastructure and to download documents, including the application form.
- Intake One: Closed
Formal decisions issued by March 27, 2020
- Intake Two: June 15, 2020
Formal decisions issued by July 31, 2020
The Connecting British Columbia program is currently accepting applications for Regional Connectivity Plan Funding. This funding supports the development of regional connectivity infrastructure plans. The funding is intended to support eligible applicants with the technical infrastructure assessment of current and proposed networks in a regional connectivity plan.
Click here to learn more about Regional Connectivity Plan Funding and to download documents, including the application form.
Application deadlines: This funding program accepts and reviews applications on a first come, first serve basis until all available funds are committed.
Previous Connecting British Intakes:
Phase Two (Closed)
The program is finalizing Phase Two and will not be accepting new applications.
Phase One (Completed)
Phase One of the program resulted in $10 million being invested into last-mile infrastructure that connected 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.
Northern Development in collaboration with Network BC, has published documents to help communities, project partners and others understand more about connectivity in B.C.
Northern Development in collaboration with Network BC, has published success stories that showcase the impact that improved connectivity can have on communities throughout the province.
Watch what increased connectivity means for the residents of Haida Gwaii:
For program enquiries contact:
Northern Development Initiative Trust
301-1268 Fifth Avenue, Prince George BC V2L 3L2 Canada