Map of areas that are eligible for funding under the Broadband Fund
Call 3 Eligibility Map
The CRTC has created a map that indicates the communities without high-capacity transport infrastructure; identifies major roads without LTE [long-term evolution] mobile wireless service; and indicates satellite-dependent communities (see the “Important notes about the eligibility map” section below).
For each call for applications, a corresponding map will be published consistent with the scope of the call. The data in the map will be as current as possible.
This map is to be used for reference purposes only, since 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, which might render a geographic area ineligible. There may also be new projects either underway or soon to be underway in the target areas, or that 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 in 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.
For example, applicants should consult the following:
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map,
- the list of projects that have been selected so far under ISED’s Connect to Innovate and Universal Broadband Fund programs,
- the list of projects that have been announced to date under the CRTC’s Broadband Fund.
Applicants should also consult with provincial and/or territorial government broadband funding programs.
Third-party information liability disclaimer
The information on this web page is based on data provided by external sources. The CRTC 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 map, you may wish to consult with Canadian telecommunications service providers, which are the sources of this information.
Consult the Mapping Instructions in the Instruction Manual to help you complete the mapping data for your application. The eligibility data for the third call is displayed in the Call 3 Eligibility Map below.
View the Call 3 Eligibility Map in full screen
The eligibility data and map templates for the layers you are required to submit with your application can be downloaded using the buttons below. The data and templates are packaged according to the format that is most easy for you to use. If you are using GIS software that works with Esri’s .shp format or MapInfo’s .tab format, do not download or submit your data in Google’s .kml/.kmz formats. Only download the .kml/.kmz format if you must use Google Earth Pro to complete the mapping component of your application.
Download: Esri .shp of eligible fixed Internet access geographic areas and transport communities in full screen Download: MapInfo .tab of eligible fixed Internet access geographic areas and transport communities in full screen Download: Google .kml/.kmz of eligible fixed Internet access geographic areas and transport communities in full screen
Important notes about the eligibility map
- The broadband service coverage information has been collected by the CRTC through consultation with wireless and Internet service providers. The CRTC cannot guarantee that this information is accurate.
- This map represents recent transport coverage, LTE mobile wireless coverage, and satellite-dependent communities across Canada.
- 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). As indicated in paragraph 93 of Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2018-377, Statistics Canada maintains a Road Network File, 2021, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 92-500-X, containing a ranking system for different categories of transportation roads.
- Communities without high-capacity transport are defined as small population centres with a population of fewer than 30,000 residents, located at least 2 kilometres away from a transport point of presence with a minimum capacity of 1 gigabit per second (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).
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