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, you should have an Internet connection with access to broadband speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload and access to unlimited data.
But many Canadians, particularly those in rural and remote areas, do not have adequate access to these services.
It’s time to close the digital divide.
Stay current with all the latest updates to the Fund.
ISED's more granular data is now available!
Applicants can now consult Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) aggregated availability of broadband Internet services dataset based on a pseudo-household statistical model on the Open data portal.
Date Posted: [2019-12-10 11:00:00]
Broadband Funding – Update to the Instruction Manual (version 2.1)
Following the publication of the Instruction Manual Version 2.1 on November 13, 2019, an updated version (2.2) containing additional details on the information required in Applicant maps is now available.
Date Posted: [2019-11-27 11:00:00]
Application Workbook for the second call for applications now available
You can obtain a copy of the Application Workbook (November 13, 2019 - Call for applications) when you log into your My CRTC Account and start a new application. The Application Workbook must be completed and submitted as part of your application.
Date Posted: [2019-11-27 11:00:00]
Apply now! Second call for applications is open.
This call is open for applications for all types of eligible projects in all eligible geographic areas across Canada. Applicants have until March 27, 2020, at 5 pm PST to apply.
Date Posted: [2019-11-13 16:00:00]
Closed call for applications
The first call for applications for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and all satellite-dependent communities in Canada closed on October 3, 2019, at midnight PST. A second call for applications will be launched this fall and it will be open to all types of projects in all eligible areas across the country.
Date Posted: [2019-10-04 10:00:00]
You asked us!
Read the answers to the commonly asked questions we’ve received about the first call for applications for the Broadband Fund.
Date Posted: [2019-09-16 11:00:00]
- Broadband Funding – Update to the Application Workbook Version 1.0
Following the publication of the Application Workbook Version 1.0 on June 27, 2019, two (2) errors (in Financial Statement tab) were detected and have now been subsequently corrected in the Application Workbook Version 1.1:
- The formula in Cell D62 of Financial Statement tab “Net Cash flow from Financing Activities” for Year A of Project Implementation has been corrected.
- The formatting of Cell D66 in Financial Statement tab “Annual Discount Rate” has been corrected, (e.g., when you enter 10 in Cell D66 for the discount rate, it will be displayed as 10%, not as 0.10%).
You can download a copy of the updated Application Workbook Version 1.1 (June 3, 2019 - Call for applications) when you log into your My CRTC Account. Should you already have data inputted in Application Workbook Version 1.0, you need to re-enter the data in version 1.1. Complete and submit the Application Workbook Version 1.1 as part of your Application.
Date Posted: [2019-08-22 11:00:00]
- Application Workbook now available!
You can obtain a copy of the Application Workbook (June 3, 2019 - Call for applications) when you log into your My CRTC Account and start a new application. The Application Workbook MUST BE completed and submitted as part of your Application.
Date Posted: [2019-06-27 11:00:00]
- Minor Corrections to the Map
Minor corrections have been made to the map for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and all satellite-dependent communities in Canada. Full details are available online.
Date Posted: [2019-06-25 11:00:00]
- Apply Now! First call for applications is open.
This call is for applications for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and for all satellite-dependent communities across Canada. Applicants have until October 3, 2019 to apply.
Date Posted: [2019-06-03 11:00:00]
Apply for funding
Applications for the second call are due March 27, 2020 at 5 pm PST.
Second call for applications for all eligible areas across Canada
Applications are due by March 27, 2020 at 5 pm PST.
Broadband Fund – Second call for applications
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-372 (November 13, 2019)
Before you apply, make sure that you…
1. Check that your project qualifies for the scope of the call for applications
We’re accepting applications for all types of eligible projects in all eligible areas across Canada where there is a great need for improved broadband Internet and mobile wireless services.
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 make sure that your project is eligible for funding before submitting your application:
4. Review CRTC decisions related to the Broadband Fund
Review the related documentation:
- Broadband Fund – Second call for applications
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019- 372 (November 13, 2019)
- Broadband Fund – First call for applications
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-191 (3 June 2019)
- Broadband Fund – Modifications to the Application Guide
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2019-190 (3 June 2019)
- SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. – Application to review and vary Telecom Regulatory Policy 2018-377
Telecom Decision CRTC 2019-122 (29 April 2019)
- Establishment of an appropriate quality of service metric for jitter to define high-quality fixed broadband Internet access service
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2019-42 (12 February 2019)
- CISC Network Working Group – Non-consensus report on quality of service metrics to define high-quality fixed broadband Internet access service
Telecom Decision CRTC 2018-241 (13 July 2018)
- Development of the Commission’s Broadband Fund
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2018-377 (27 September 2018)
- Modern telecommunications services – The path forward for Canada’s digital economy
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2016-496 (21 December 2016)
5. Apply online now
Read the application form instruction manual to help you fill out your application. Make sure you fill out the workbook before submitting your application.
Applications submitted during the first call for applications will not be automatically considered again in the second call for applications. However, you can update and re-submit your application for the second call.
When you are ready:
We’ll announce the selected projects from the first call for applications in 2020.
About the fund
The CRTC’s fund will provide up to $750 million over five years. These funds will support 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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