High-speed Internet funding programs

The Government of Canada's programs support high-speed Internet access for all Canadians, especially in rural and remote communities.

Information for applicants such as businesses, not-for-profits, municipalities and Indigenous organizations:

Universal Broadband Fund

The $3.225 billion Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) supports high-speed Internet projects in rural and remote communities, including a Rapid Response Stream for "shovel-ready" projects that can be completed quickly.

CRTC's Broadband Fund

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) supports projects that provide Internet and mobile wireless services in eligible underserved areas of Canada.

Canada Infrastructure Bank

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) provides loans and equity for large-scale high-speed Internet

projects in unserved and underserved communities.

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Capacity Agreement

The low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite capacity agreement with Telesat secures capacity on LEO satellites to connect the most challenging areas in Canada to high-speed Internet. Telesat will make LEO capacity available to Internet service providers in designated remote and satellite-dependent communities at a reduced, fixed price per month. Visit Telesat's website to learn how to purchase LEO capacity.

Connect to Innovate

The Connect to Innovate program supports backbone infrastructure projects to connect institutions like schools and hospitals. A portion of funding also supports last-mile infrastructure to connect households and businesses.

First Nation Infrastructure Fund

The First Nation Infrastructure Fund provides funding to improve the quality of life and the environment of First Nation communities by addressing the long-standing infrastructure gaps on reserves in eight project categories, including connectivity.

Investing in Canada Program – Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream

The Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Program supports a variety of infrastructure projects, including high-speed Internet, in rural and northern communities through bilateral agreements with each province and territory.

Contact us

For enquiries, email get-connected-branchez-vous@ised-isde.gc.ca