The Connecting British Columbia program is a province-wide program administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust (Northern Development) and is available to all eligible applicants. It is funded by the Province of British Columbia.
The current objective of the multi-year Connecting British Columbia program is to accelerate the delivery of high-speed internet connectivity at minimum target speeds of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 10 Mbps up to homes and businesses in rural communities in B.C.
The high cost of infrastructure has been identified by local governments, First Nations, and internet service providers 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 areas of the province.
This stream of the Connecting British Columbia program provides funding to support the development of regional connectivity infrastructure strategies. Strategies should ensure that infrastructure investments are coordinated, scalable, provide value for money, and achieve priority objectives for the region.
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This program intake is to provide funding support for local municipal governments, regional districts and First Nations with limited capacity to undertake a connectivity infrastructure strategy (e.g., feasibility assessments, business cases, developing applications) to develop sustainable connectivity infrastructure projects. The development of connectivity infrastructure strategies are important to ensure that infrastructure investments are, to the extent possible, coordinated, scalable, provide value for money and achieve priority objectives for the region.
The program will allow communities to access third party funding to offset the cost of hiring a telecommunications consultant to assist with rural and remote community connectivity planning. The consultants will provide communities with access to tools and resources to navigate the connectivity landscape, including best practices and shared learning. Eligible project types and activities may include:
A Sample Regional Connectivity Infrastructure Strategy Framework Template is available as a guide for reference. The template is not a required document to be used by applicants to this program.
An approved connectivity infrastructure strategy development grant does not provide a guarantee of funding in subsequent applications submitted to the program.
Note: This funding is NOT for ‘Smart Cities’ projects.
Individuals cannot apply to the program.
Please review all program documents in detail as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Complete application forms with all required attachments should be provided electronically to Northern Development by email.
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Eligible applicants can apply for up to 75% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $15,000 per project.
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.