Broadband Fund
Closing the Digital Divide in Canada

Whether you’re at home, at work, or on the road, your phone should be able to connect using LTE and you should have access to broadband speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload.

But many Canadians, particularly those in rural and remote areas, do not have adequate access to these services.

In Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut...
In Canada...

Source: Communications Monitoring Report, 2018

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In Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut...

  • 0% No households have access to 50/10 Mpbs speeds with unlimited data
  • 72% of major transport roads and highways do not have access to LTE

In Canada...

  • 63% of rural households do not have access to 50/10 Mbps speeds with unlimited data
  • 14% of major transport roads and highways do not have access to LTE

It’s time to close the digital divide.

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Apply for Funding

Applications for the first call are due by October 3, 2019.

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First call for applications for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and all satellite-dependent communitiesFootnote 1 in Canada

Applications are due by October 3, 2019 at midnight PST.

Broadband Fund – Call for applications
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-191 (3 June 2019)

Before you apply, make sure that you…

  1. Check that your project will qualify for the scope of the call for applications

    At this time, we are only accepting applications for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and satellite-dependent communities across Canada where there is a great need for improved broadband Internet and mobile wireless services.

    We recognize that there are many other areas across Canada that aren't eligible for this call for applications. A second call will be published this fall and it will be open to all types of projects in all eligible areas across the country.

  2. Read the Application Guide

    Canadian corporations of all sizes, provincial, territorial and municipal government organizations, as well as band councils or Indigenous governments can apply for funding if they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Application Guide.

    The Application Guide contains information on the eligibility and assessment criteria that will be used to evaluate the applications as well as other important information to help applicants complete and submit their applications for funding.

  3. Review the maps

    Review the geographic eligibility maps to ensure that your project is eligible for funding before submitting your application:

    The following maps will be updated and are available for reference:

    • Fixed Internet access and transport maps (2017)
    • Mobile wireless maps (2017)

    Review these maps.

  4. Review CRTC decisions related to the Broadband Fund

    Review the related documentation:

  5. Apply Online Now

    Read the application form instruction manual to help you fill out your application. When you are ready:
    Apply Now

Approved Projects

We are not at the stage yet where we will be announcing approved projects.

About the Fund

A Fund for projects to build or upgrade access and transport infrastructure to provide fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet access services in eligible underserved areas of Canada.
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