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.
The Connecting British Columbia program is currently accepting applications for Phase Three of the program. Funds are available to help internet service providers and regional and local governments connect people in rural and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet. The $50 million allocation to Phase Three is the largest single investment since the program’s creation in 2015. Phase One of the program totalled $10 million, followed by a $40 million investment in Phase Two.
Last-Mile Project Funding is for last-mile projects to ensure that infrastructure investments are, to the extent possible, coordinated, scalable, provide value for money and achieve priority objectives for the region.
Transport Infrastructure Funding is for new infrastructure projects, upgrades to existing infrastructure or expanding existing transport infrastructure to ensure that these investments are, to the extent possible, coordinated, scalable, provide value for money and achieve priority objectives for the region.
The program will invite applications for funding through successive intakes until funds are exhausted. The dates below are the deadlines for the next funding review periods.
Intake One: February 15, 2020
Formal decisions issued by March 27, 2020
Intake Two: June 15, 2020
Formal decisions issued by July 31, 2020
Phase Two (Closed)
The program is finalizing Phase Two and will not be accepting new applications. Please see Phase Three for more information on the current intake.
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