REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY PLAN FUNDING

The Connecting British Columbia program is currently accepting applications for Regional Connectivity Plan Funding. Funds are available to help internet service providers and regional and local governments connect people in rural and Indigenous communities with high-speed internet.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

As part of the Program, the Regional Connectivity Plan Funding (“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.

GOALS AND BASIC COMPONENTS OF A REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY PLAN

GOALS:

  • Ensure proposed investments in connectivity support the desired outcomes that the internet services are expected to deliver
  • Reduce the investment risk for Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) by providing documented support for the required infrastructure prior to costly engineering studies and business case due diligence

BASIC COMPONENTS:

  • An inventory of available broadband services in the region with internet service providers identified
  • Prioritized regional goals and objectives
  • Identified gaps in the current connectivity and how objectives may be affected
  • Connectivity solutions that are required to support regional goals and objectives
  • A cost estimate of the required connectivity solution to support the regional goals and objectives

APPLICATION DEADLINES

This funding program accepts and reviews applications on a first come, first serve basis until all available funds are committed.

MATERIALS

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ADDITIONAL MATERIALS

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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

FUNDING PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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. Email Us

Email: connectingbc@northerndevelopment.bc.ca

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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

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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