ECONOMIC RECOVERY INTAKE

As part of B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan, the Connecting British Columbia program has been granted $90 million to encourage rapid expansion of connectivity to drive regional economic development in rural areas, Indigenous communities and along B.C.’s highways. The new Economic Recovery Intake is a one-time commitment that will fund connectivity infrastructure projects that will quickly help realize the benefits of connectivity to British Columbians.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

In addition to the scheduled Phase Three quarterly intakes, the Connecting British Columbia Program has a short-term opening for funding applications that can be implemented immediately and completed by October 31, 2021 to expand connectivity in rural and Indigenous communities and along rural highway segments.

How is this funding different from the regular Connecting British Columbia program?

  • The funding objective is for a rapid response, and to enable service providers to immediately expand or enhance connectivity.
  • Program criteria changes such as increased funding ratios, expanded scope to include highway connectivity, and support for a wider range of eligible technologies.
  • Broadband projects that achieve 50/10 Mbps are preferred, however projects that deliver a minimum of 25/5 Mbps speed are also eligible for funding.

Service providers that would like to submit an application for new transport infrastructure builds are encouraged to apply to one of the Phase 3 quarterly intakes of the Connecting British Columbia program.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

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REPORTING MATERIALS

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APPLICATION DEADLINES

For the projects to have an immediate benefit, the goal is for the funds to be allocated by March 31, 2021 and projects completed by October 31, 2021.

APPLY FOR FUNDING

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.

connectingbc@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

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CONTACT US

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.

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