Connecting British Columbia

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:

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.


Phase Three: Last-Mile, Transport Infrastructure

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.

Application deadlines:

  • Intake One: Closed
    Formal decisions issued by March 27, 2020
  • Intake Two: June 15, 2020
    Formal decisions issued by July 31, 2020

Phase Three: Regional Connectivity Plan

The Connecting British Columbia program is currently accepting applications for Phase Three: Regional Connectivity Plan. 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 the Phase Three: Regional Connectivity Plan 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.


Resources

Northern Development in collaboration with Network BC, has published documents to help communities, project partners and others understand more about connectivity in B.C.

Connectivity Resources


Success Stories

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.

Connectivity Success Stories

Watch what increased connectivity means for the residents of Haida Gwaii:


News

Connecting British Columbia in the news


Contact Information

For program enquiries contact:

Northern Development Initiative Trust
250-561-2525
ConnectingBC@northerndevelopment.bc.ca
301-1268 Fifth Avenue, Prince George BC V2L 3L2 Canada