Internet Connectivity Improvements Underway for Northern BC Communities
Lisa Beare, BC Minister of Citizen Services, announced a commitment of up to $9.8 million in combined federal and provincial funding that will improve internet connectivity for approximately 1,600 homes in Chetwynd.
This is part of a joint $24 million commitment to improve connectivity across northern British Columbia.
“Through our strong partnership with the federal government, we continue to make steady progress in closing remaining connectivity gaps in the province, bringing us closer to our goal of connecting every household in British Columbia by 2027” , Beare said. “Through our StrongerBC Economic Plan, we are committed to ensuring that everyone in the province has an equal opportunity to succeed and has access to high-speed internet.
The $24 Joint Funding Commitment million is part of an agreement between the governments of British Columbia and Canada. On March 8, 2022, the parties announced a landmark partnership to invest up to $830 million to connect all British Columbians in rural, remote and Indigenous communities to high-speed internet. The first $108 million announcement was made on May 19, 2022 and will improve internet access for up to 4,000 homes in northern British Columbia. Chetwynd District will receive up to $9.8 million to install new fiber optics in Dokie Siding, Twidwell Bend and Wabi Hill.
Connecting Communities BC is the next phase of the province’s connectivity program and is a key part of the StrongerBC economic plan. These investments will help ensure BC communities and businesses have the connectivity they need to succeed in a post-pandemic economy.
Gudie Hutchings, Federal Minister of Rural Economic Development –
“We need to close the connectivity gap and ensure that every nook and cranny of British Columbia has access to reliable high-speed internet. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with the Province of British Columbia to connect homes in Chetwynd. We will continue to make investments like these to help achieve our national goal of connecting 98% of Canadians by 2026 and 100% by 2030.”
Harjit Sajjan, Federal Minister for International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada –
“High-speed Internet access will create jobs, support economic development and make life easier for British Columbians. Our government knows that Internet access is far from a luxury; it’s an essential service that Canadians rely on to stay in touch with loved ones, study for school and run their businesses. Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to bring high-speed internet to 98% of British Columbia by 2026 and to all Canadians by 2030.”
Allen Courtoreille, Mayor, District of Chetwynd –
“The District of Chetwynd appreciates the support of the Province of British Columbia and the federal government in providing grant funds to improve community connectivity. Reliable Internet connectivity is required by residents and businesses for work, school, medical care, and economic reasons. We are delighted that Chetwynd’s Internet capability will soon be upgraded to provide faster and more reliable service.
Budget 2022 significantly accelerates British Columbia’s commitment to closing the digital divide by providing access to high-speed Internet services and helping communities access new and diverse economic opportunities: https://strongerbc.ca/plan
Learn more about connectivity in British Columbia: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/connectivity-in-bc