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



Rural communities


Mobile LTE



Major transportation roads and highways


Rural communities


Long description
  • 50/10 – unlimited coverage (% of households)
    • Canada: 91.4%
    • Rural communities: 62.0%
  • Mobile – LTE (% of the population covered)
    • Canada: 99.4%
    • 87.2% major transportation roads and highways are covered by LTE in Canada
    • Rural communities: 97.1%

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.

Refer to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map for the latest broadband data. Broadband coverage information is collected by ISED through ongoing consultation with Internet service providers, the CRTC, industry associations, provinces and territories, and other partners and stakeholders.

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Reminder: Call 3 applications to the Broadband Fund must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered.

Call 3 applications to the Broadband Fund must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered.
Date Posted: [2023-06-06 20:00:00]

The 3rd call for applications is now open.

This call focuses on transport projects, mobile wireless projects along major transportation roads, and projects requiring operational funding to increase satellite transport capacity in all eligible geographic areas across Canada. Applicants have until 15 June 2023 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) to apply.
Date Posted: [2023-05-16 11:00:00]

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About the Fund

The CRTC’s Broadband Fund will provide up to $750 million over its first 5 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 across Canada.
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