The $1.75 billion Universal Broadband Fund will support high-speed Internet projects across the country. The Universal Broadband Fund has been designed to fund broadband infrastructure projects that will bring high-speed Internet at 50/10 Megabits per second (Mbps) to rural and remote communities. In addition to funding a diversity of high-speed Internet projects to connect Canadians, there is:
- up to $50 million available to support mobile Internet projects that primarily benefit Indigenous peoples, including projects along highways and roads where mobile connectivity is lacking;
- up to $750 million available for large impact projects;
- up to $150 million available as part of our Rapid Response Stream.
The Universal Broadband Fund allows almost any Canadian entity to submit an application; however, individuals and federal entities are excluded from applying to the program. Eligible applicants must have the ability to design, build and run broadband infrastructure and must identify who will build, own and operate the broadband network.
We encourage individuals to reach out to their municipalities and their local Internet service providers to let them know about the Universal Broadband Fund and encourage them to apply for funding.
Any 250m road segment identified on the National Broadband Internet Availability Map that does not show as having 50/10 Mbps coverage is eligible.
Deadline DateMarch 15, 2021
Contact Name: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
Phone Number: 1-800-328-6189
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org