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, 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.

Broadband at 50/10 Mbps, unlimited

Mobile LTE

Long description
  • 50/10 – unlimited coverage (% of households)
    • Canada: 85.7%
    • Rural communities: 40.8%
  • Mobile – LTE (% of the population covered)
    • Canada : 99.3%
    • Rural communities : 96.5%
    • 87.2% major transport roads and highways are covered by LTE in Canada

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.

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Extended Deadline: Broadband Fund – Second call for applications
The deadline for the submission of applications for funding from the Broadband Fund – Second call for applications, has been extended from April 30, 2020 to June 1, 2020 at 5 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.
Date Posted: [2020-04-27]

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  • April 2020 update: Updated Fixed Internet Access and Transport Map now available!
    The fixed Internet access and transport map has been updated to reflect revised data from service providers with regard to year-end 2018 broadband coverage in the area of La Pêche in Québec, the communities of Maple Creek, Biggar, Watrous, and Conquest in Saskatchewan, and in the areas around the communities of Springford, Ailsa Craig, and south of Walsh in Ontario. Specifically, hexagons QC45720759 and SK51521073 have been added, and the following hexagons have been removed: SK49901095, SK52061080, SK51681054, ON42930807, ON43160815, and ON42720804. Applicants proposing a project in the added hexagons for the second call for applications should contact the CRTC’s Broadband Fund to obtain an updated workbook. 
    Date Posted: [2020-04-22]

  • Transport only or Mobile Road only projects: Mandatory upload error for Appendix 10 - Comparator Services
    For transport only projects or mobile only projects serving only eligible roads, Appendix 10 is listed in error as a mandatory upload in the application form. For these project types, please upload a simple document that indicates that “Evidence of comparator services is not required.” in order to circumvent the issue.
    Date Posted: [2020-04-22]

  • You asked us! New questions and answers now available
    Read the new Q’s and A’s added to the commonly asked questions we’ve received about the Broadband Fund regarding the second call for applications.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-26 11:00:00]

  • Extended Deadline: Broadband Fund – Second call for applications
    The deadline for the submission of applications for funding from the Broadband Fund – Second call for applications, has been extended from March 27, 2020 to April 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-20 11:00:00]

  • Mapping tutorial video now available!
    Instructional videos on how to create your maps before submitting your application have been posted. The videos provide assistance on submitting mapping data and how that data should be linked to the Application Workbook. The tutorial videos for transport, access and mobile projects can be found on the Maps page and in the Instruction Manual. Tutorial videos for satellite-dependent community projects will be posted shortly.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-10 20:00:00]

  • Reminder: The total project funding should add up to the total project cost in the Application Workbook 2.0!
    Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the total project funding adds up to the total project cost in the Application Workbook 2.0 (November 13, 2019 - Call for applications). All funding sources are to be identified in the “Funding Summary” tab of the Application Workbook 2.0, and that tab’s total should add up to the total project cost, which is the sum of the total eligible and ineligible costs in the “Cost Summary” tab.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-06 20:00:00]

  • Reminder! Verify the latest data to determine eligible geographic areas
    This is a reminder to applicants that they are responsible for conducting their own due diligence to ensure that their projects meet the geographic eligibility criterion. The maps on the CRTC’s Broadband Fund website are for reference only. Applicants should verify if new broadband services or network facilities have been deployed, or if new projects in the target areas are or will be underway within the proposed project’s time frame, making a geographic area no longer eligible.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-06 20:00:00]

  • March 2020 update: Updated Fixed Internet Access and Transport Map now available!
    The fixed Internet access and transport map has been updated to reflect revised speed data with regard to year-end 2018 broadband coverage in the areas around the communities of Maple Creek, Biggar, Watrous, and Conquest in Saskatchewan. Specifically, hexagons SK49901095, SK52061080 and SK51681054 were removed and hexagon SK51521073 was added. Applicants proposing a project in the added hexagon for the second call for applications can contact the CRTC’s Broadband Fund to obtain an updated workbook.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-06 20:00:00]

  • You asked us! New questions and answers now available
    Read the new Q’s and A’s  added to the commonly asked questions we’ve received about the Broadband Fund regarding the second call for applications, including a question on what counts as supporting evidence for comparator service plans and prices for second call applicants.
    Date Posted: [2020-03-05 11:00:00]

  • February 2020 update: Updated Fixed Internet Access and Transport Map now available!
    The fixed Internet access and transport map has been updated to reflect revised data from a service provider with regard to year-end 2018 broadband coverage in the areas around the communities of Springford, Ailsa Craig, and south of Walsh in Ontario. Specifically, hexagons ON42930807, ON43160815, and ON42720804 were removed.
    Date Posted: [2020-02-14 11:00:00]

  • You asked us! New question and answer now available
    Read the new question and answer added to the commonly asked questions we’ve received about the Broadband Fund regarding the second call for applications.
    Date Posted: [2020-01-22 11:00:00]

  • Updated Fixed Internet Access and Transport Map now available!
    This map has been updated to reflect revised data from a service provider with regard to year-end 2018 broadband coverage in the areas around the communities of Granisle, Smithers Landing, Lake Babine and Topley Landing in British Columbia. It involves the addition of hexagon IDs BC54881262 and BC55061265, and the improvement of ISP information in hexagon IDs BC54821262 and BC54791261.
    Date Posted: [2020-01-13 11:00:00]

  • Reminder: Use the Application Workbook Version 2.0 for the second call for applications!
    You can obtain a copy of the Application Workbook 2.0 (November 13, 2019 - Call for applications) when you log into your My CRTC Account and start a new application. The Application Workbook Version 2.0 MUST BE completed and submitted as part of your application.
    Date Posted: [2020-01-08 11:00:00]

  • 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:

    CORRECTIONS:

    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.
    2. 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 June 1, 2020 at 5 pm PDT.

Apply now!
Second call for applications for all eligible areas across Canada

Applications are due by June 1, 2020 at 5 pm PDT.

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:

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.

Before you apply, make sure you refer to our mapping tutorial videos and that you fill out the workbook.

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:

Apply Now

Approved projects

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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