Broadband Fund
Maps of Areas to Enhance Broadband Access

The CRTC has created maps that indicate the areas without speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband services; communities without high-capacity transport infrastructure; where homes or major roads are without LTE mobile wireless service; and satellite-dependent communities.

Areas that have access or partial access to speeds of 50/10 Mbps or LTE are not shown on the maps as they are not eligible for CRTC funding at this time.

For each call for applications for funding, a corresponding set of maps will be published consistent with the scope of the call. The data in the maps is as current as possible.

These maps are to be used for reference purposes only, as upgrades to broadband services or network facilities continue to occur.

Applicants should verify whether new broadband services or network facilities have been deployed since the CRTC’s data was collected, making a geographic area no longer eligible, or whether new projects are underway in the target areas or will be underway within the proposed project’s time frame.

Applicants should therefore conduct their own due diligence, through research of available broadband services or network facilities, and consultation with the relevant service providers and communities, to ensure that the geographic areas they are proposing to serve are eligible under the Broadband Fund.

Third-party information liability disclaimer

The information on this web page is based on data provided by external sources. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. For more information regarding broadband availability in a particular area in the maps, you may consult with the Canadian telecommunication service providers which are the sources of this information.

First Call for Applications: Eligible Areas

Map for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and all satellite-dependent communitiesFootnote 1 in Canada

How to Use CartoVista

For applicants: please read the CartoVista instructions to help you fill out your application.

Map Legend:

  • Satellite-dependent communities
  • Communities without high-capacity transport
  • Inhabited areas without 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband access
  • Inhabited areas without LTE
  • Inhabited areas with neither 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband access nor LTE
  • Major roads without LTE
  • Population Centres
  • Help on how to use CartoVista Viewer

Important notes about the 2018 coverage map

  • The broadband access and transport coverage information has been collected by the CRTC through consultation with wireless and Internet service providers.
  • These maps are representative of fixed broadband, LTE mobile wireless, transport coverage, and satellite-dependent communities as of December 2018. The data was validated with transmission facilities owners in May 2019.
  • Areas represented by hexagons are inhabited areas, in which no household has access to 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband or mobile wireless LTE service. A major road is a road classified by Statistics Canada as having a street rank code of 1 (Trans-Canada highway), 2 (National highway system), or 3 (Major highways). Footnote 2
  • Communities without high-capacity transport are defined as small population centres with a population of fewer than 30,000 residents, located at least 2 km away from a transport point of presence with a minimum capacity of 1 Gbps.
  • Satellite-dependent communities are defined as communities that have no terrestrially-based telecommunications facilities for connection to the public switched telephone network and/or the Internet, and that rely on satellite transport to receive one or more telecommunications services (such as voice, wireless [both fixed and mobile], and Internet services).
  • Broadband coverage within a community will depend on its size, broadband network design, local topography and other factors. In some instances, Internet service providers will not be able to provide service to 100 percent of households within a community or hexagon designated as being able to receive 50/10 Mbps speeds or LTE coverage. The CRTC receives data from service providers and cannot guarantee that this information is accurate.
  • Population and dwellings counts are rounded up to the nearest whole unit.
  • Listed Internet service providers exclude direct-to-home satellite and dial-up Internet services providers.
  • Broadband speeds are based on advertised speeds as provided by Internet service providers.

Corrections post publication

June 25, 2019
  • Aishihik, YT appeared twice in the map as a community without high-capacity transport. The entry with community number 10028 was removed, and the entry with community number 50490 was retained.
  • The downloadable KML dataset was incomplete. It has been corrected to include the appropriate data.
  • A 2.57 cm road segment along the Alaska Highway was removed. It had a Statistics Canada road arc unique identifier (NGD_UID) of 4614872.

Next Call for Applications

Maps of eligible areas across Canada will be published with the next call for applications, based on data as of December 2018. These maps will replace the 2017 Maps below, which are representative of the coverage of fixed broadband and LTE mobile wireless service as of December 2017, and transport coverage as of August 2017.

These 2017 maps are to be used for information purposes only, as the broadband services and network availability may have changed in some of the areas identified.

Map Legend:

  • blue circles Communities without high-capacity transport
  • green hexagons Inhabited areas without 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband access
  • red hexagons Inhabited Areas without LTE
  • blue lines Major roads without LTE
  • orange areasPopulation centres
  • question mark Help on how to use CartoVista Viewer

Important notes about the 2017 coverage maps

  • The broadband access and transport coverage information has been collected by the CRTC and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada through consultation with wireless and Internet Service Providers.
  • These maps are representative of the coverage of fixed broadband and LTE mobile wireless service as of December 2017, and transport coverage as of August 2017.
  • Areas that are shown as hexagons are inhabited areas in which no household has access to 50/10 Mbps fixed broadband or mobile wireless LTE service. A major roadFootnote 1 is a road classified by Statistics Canada as having a street rank code of 1 (Trans-Canada highway), 2 (National highway system), or 3 (Major highways).
  • Communities without high-capacity transport are defined as small population centres with a population of fewer than 30,000 residents, located at least 2 km away from a transport point of presence with a minimum capacity of 1 Gbps.
  • Broadband coverage within a community will depend on its size, broadband network design, local topography and other factors. In some instances, Internet service providers will not be able to provide service to 100 percent of households within a community or hexagon designated as being able to receive 50/10 Mbps speeds or LTE coverage. The CRTC receives data from service providers and cannot guarantee that this information is accurate.
  • Population and dwellings counts are rounded up to the nearest whole unit.
  • Listed Internet service providers exclude direct-to-home satellite and dial-up Internet services providers.
  • Broadband speeds are based on advertised speeds as provided by Internet service providers.
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