The high cost of providing infrastructure for residents 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 fund 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 and is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust
The Connecting British Columbia program’s intent is to help internet service providers and regional and local governments connect people in rural and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet.
Eligible applicants for the Connecting British Columbia program include:
The Connecting British Columbia program is no longer accepting applications.
Working together with community partners, the Kaslo infoNet Society (KiN) is a great example of what is possible when a small number of committed people come together to improve lives in their community through access to internet.
For more connectivity success stories go here.
Funding for connectivity projects comes from a variety of sources and may also be available to assist with rural and remote community connectivity planning. Both the federal and the provincial governments have created dedicated programs to help pay for infrastructure which ISPs can apply for:
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.
For program enquiries contact:
Northern Development Initiative Trust
301-1268 Fifth Avenue, Prince George BC V2L 3L2 Canada
If you’d like to discuss your project in further detail with Northern Development staff, please contact us by email, phone, or filling out the form below. Also, we encourage you to reach out to us if you think you are eligible for funding for categories that are not specified here.