Now accepting applications for projects in rural, remote and northern regions of the country
October 15, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
Canadians live in an increasingly digital world where access to high-speed Internet means access to e-commerce, high-resolution video, employment and distance education. While high-speed Internet delivered on the latest wireless technologies is an important part of everyday life in urban centres, some Canadians in rural and northern regions of the country still do not have access to high-speed Internet.
Industry Minister James Moore today announced the Harper Government’s next step in bringing high-speed Internet to an additional 280,000 homes in rural and remote regions of the country. Starting today, eligible Internet service providers (ISP) can apply for funding to extend or enhance service to areas in need across the country. Connecting Canadians will provide incentives for the private sector to build and extend digital infrastructure in rural areas of the country.
Interested ISPs should review the application tool kit found on the Connecting Canadians website for help with their application. ISPs are asked to propose projects in areas where they can provide services to households that currently do not have Internet access or have slow access.
For Canadians who live in communities with slow or no Internet, access to high-speed broadband will lead to new economic opportunities and the creation of new jobs, products and services.
- Connecting Canadians delivers on the Government’s commitment in Economic Action Plan 2014 to bring high-speed Internet to an additional 280,000 Canadian households in rural and remote regions of the country.
- The closing date for applications is January 12, 2015. Successful applicants could receive up to 50 percent of eligible project costs from Connecting Canadians. For projects serving very remote or Aboriginal communities, the program could fund up to 75 percent of eligible costs. For all projects, the Government of Canada will determine the amount of the contribution by assessing how much is needed to successfully complete the proposed project.
- Successful ISPs will be expected to provide services at speeds of at least 5 megabits per second (Mbps) to Canadians in rural areas of the country that currently have slower access and 3 to 5 Mbps in the satellite-dependent communities served under the northern component of the program.
- The first projects are expected to be announced in spring 2015.
“This call for applications marks the next important phase in our plan to bring the benefits of high-speed Internet to more than a quarter-million Canadian households, some for the first time. Providing Canadians with access to high-speed Internet for learning, business opportunities and so much more is key to a more connected, digital Canada.”
– James Moore, Industry Minister