Broadband Fund
Projects selected for funding

With almost 600 applications received from across the country, requesting over $1.5B in funding, the CRTC is continuing its evaluation of applications submitted under the second call. Further funding announcements will be made as additional projects are approved.

The Broadband Fund has to date committed up to $156.5 million to improve broadband service for 107 communities representing approximately 24,500 households.

First call for applications

The first five selected Broadband Fund projects were awarded up to $72.1 million in funding to bring high-quality broadband Internet services to some of the most remote areas in Canada.

Second call for applications

Under the second call for applications, the Broadband Fund has to date awarded a total of up to $84.4 million in funding for transport projects. While a transport project does not connect individual households to broadband infrastructure, it does provide the network that will enable Internet access services to be provided. Nearly 2,000 km of fibre network will be built, covering 56 communities in four provinces.

  • In March 2021, seven projects were awarded up to $57.7 million in funding. These fibre transport projects will increase broadband connectivity in underserved areas in northern Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Approximately 1,400 km of fibre network cable will be installed and, as a result, 15 communities will benefit from improved connections to the broadband network.
  • In February 2021, five fibre transport projects were awarded up to $26.7 million in funding. When completed, they will increase broadband connectivity in underserved areas in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario. Over 550 km of fibre network cable will be installed and, as a result, 41 communities will benefit from improved connections to the broadband network.

Selected projects to date by province and territory

Northwest Territories

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decisions
Northwestel Inc. 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload with access to unlimited data N/A
  • 8 communities
  • 692 households
  • Paulatuk
  • Ulukhaktok
  • Sachs Harbour
  • Łutselk'e
  • Sambaa K’e
  • Colville Lake
  • Gamètì
  • Wekweètì

$4.1M

Satellite Component

CRTC 2020-257

CRTC 2021-134

Northwestel Inc. 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload with access to unlimited data 25 km
  • 18 communities
  • 3,643 households
  • 1 anchor institution
  • Aklavik
  • Behchokǫ̀
  • Délįnę
  • Dettah
  • Enterprise
  • Fort Good Hope
  • Fort Liard
  • Fort McPherson
  • Fort Providence
  • Fort Resolution
  • Fort Simpson
  • Jean Marie River
  • Kakisa
  • Nahanni Butte
  • Tsiigehtchic
  • Tuktoyaktuk
  • Tulita
  • Wrigley

$16.8M

Main Component

CRTC 2020-258

CRTC 2021-135

Yukon

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decisions
Northwestel Inc. 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload with access to unlimited data N/A
  • 1 community
  • 189 households
  • Old Crow

$2.9M

Satellite Component

CRTC 2020-259

CRTC 2021-136

Northwestel Inc. 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload with access to unlimited data 280 km
  • 19 communities
  • 4,680 households
  • 3 anchor institutions
  • Beaver Creek
  • Burwash Landing
  • Carcross
  • Carmacks
  • Champagne
  • Dawson City
  • Destruction Bay
  • Faro
  • Haines Junction
  • Judas Creek / Marsh Lake
  • Mayo
  • Pelly Crossing
  • Ross River
  • Stewart Crossing
  • Tagish
  • Teslin
  • Upper Liard
  • Watson Lake
  • Whitehorse

$38.6M

Main Component

CRTC 2020-260

CRTC 2021-137

British Columbia

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decision
Columbia Basin Broadband Corp. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 60 km
  • 5 communities
  • 1,100 households
  • 4 anchor institutions
  • Erie
  • Hall
  • Meadows
  • Park Siding
  • Ymir

$3.1M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-46
Shaw Cablesystems G.P. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 150 km
  • 7 communities
  • 1,500 households
  • 3 anchor institutions
  • Attachie
  • Bear Flat
  • Charlie Lake
  • Farrell Creek
  • Moberly Lake
  • Saulteau First Nations (Indigenous)
  • West Moberly First Nations (Indigenous)

$13.8M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-44
Tough Country N/A Transport Capacity Increased 0.5 km
  • 2 communities
  • 190 households
  • Baynes Lake
  • Kragmont

$55 k

Main Component

CRTC 2021-47
Columbia Basin Broadband Corporation N/A Transport Capacity Increased 30 km
  • 2 communities
  • 475 households
  • Meadowbrook
  • Ta Ta Creek

$1.7M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-107

Saskatchewan

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decision
BH Telecom Corp. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 330 km
  • 26 communities
  • 5,000 households
  • 19 anchor institutions
  • Aberdeen
  • Beaver Creek
  • Bruno
  • Camp Dundurn
  • Carmel
  • Casa Rio
  • Dana
  • Drake
  • Dundurn
  • Eagle Ridge Country Estates
  • Englefeld
  • Esk
  • Grasswood
  • Guernsey
  • Jansen
  • Leroy
  • Lockwood
  • Manitou Beach
  • Meacham
  • Muenster
  • Peterson
  • Prud’homme
  • Riverside Estates
  • St. Gregor
  • Vonda (OLMC)
  • Whitecap

$9.5M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-45

Manitoba

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decisions
Broadband Communications North Inc. 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload with access to unlimited data N/A
  • 5 communities
  • 899 households
  • Tadoule Lake
  • Barren Lands
  • Lac Brochet
  • Pukatawagan
  • Shamattawa

$9.9M

Satellite Component

CRTC 2020-256

CRTC 2021-133

Ontario

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decision
Rogers Communications Canada Inc. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 1.8 km
  • 1 community
  • 330 households
  • Bruce Station

$131 k

Main Component

CRTC 2021-48
Nexicom Inc. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 25 km
  • 5 communities
  • 2,900 households
  • 6 anchor institutions
  • Camborne
  • Cold Springs
  • Gores Landing
  • Harwood
  • Precious Corners

$1.25M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-106
Cogeco Connexion Inc. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 8 km
  • 1 community
  • 450 households
  • 1 anchor institution
  • Jerseyville

$ 279k

Main Component

CRTC 2021-108
Cogeco Connexion Inc. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 9 km
  • 1 community
  • 190 households
  • 2 anchor institutions
  • Florence

$570k

Main Component

CRTC 2021-109
Cogeco Connexion Inc. N/A Transport Capacity Increased 11 km
  • 1 community
  • 435 households
  • 2 anchor institutions
  • Algonquin

$478k

Main Component

CRTC 2021-110

Quebec

Recipient Speeds to be offered Fibre transport network to be built (approx. km) Estimated numbers of communities, households, anchor institutions to potentially benefitFootnote 1 Communities Broadband Fund contribution (approx.) and Component of the FundFootnote 2 Decision
Kativik Regional Government N/A Transport Capacity Increased 440 km
  • 1 community
  • 1,120 households
  • 15 anchor institutions
  • Kuujjuaq

$17.1M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-104
Kativik Regional Government N/A Transport Capacity Increased 870 km
  • 4 communities
  • 925 households
  • 29 anchor institutions
  • Akulivik
  • Ivujivik
  • Kangiqsujuaq
  • Salluit

$36.3M

Main Component

CRTC 2021-105

Related links

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