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.
This program is now closed.
To learn more about the Connecting British Columbia program, including programs that are accepting applications, visit this page.
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 BC. Applications that are able to demonstrate the ability to support the target of 50/10 Mbps are highly preferred.
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.
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The program intake is to provide funding for last-mile projects to ensure that infrastructure investments are, to the extent possible, coordinated, and scalable, provide value for money and achieve priority objectives for the region.
Eligible funding categories for Last-Mile Infrastructure Builds are outlined below:
Examples of eligible applicants include:
Individuals cannot apply to the program.
Applicants or parties of the contractual agreement used for this submission must agree to own, operate, and maintain the resulting network as a condition to obtain the funds.
The goal of the program is to improve last-mile connectivity in under-served rural communities across BC. Communities eligible for funding are identified in the Communities and Network Capacity Template.
This phase of the Connecting British Columbia funding program is closed. Visit the main Connecting British Columbia page for information about open programs.
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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Proposals will be eligible for up to 50% contribution of eligible costs.
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.