Accessible Internet

Providing accessible internet and communications options for British Columbians.

Our Goal

Internet access in B.C. is the most accessible in Canada by 2024.

How We Measure Success

By the percentage of B.C. government websites meeting international accessibility standards.

Highlights

  • Accelerating our commitment to rural connectivity through the new strategy Building on our Rural Advantages: B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy. Actions include:
    • Investing a further $40 million to expand the Connecting British Columbia program, which is improving Internet access and speeds to under-served and remote communities province-wide
    • Investing $9 million from 2016 to 2018 to install free public wi-fi in 25 highway rest areas to support businesses such as commercial trucking, keep travellers connected and improve safety
    • Investing $500,000 to connect British Columbians in the most remote areas of the province to the Internet through the BC Broadband Satellite Initiative. To date, more than 4,200 households have been connected to the Internet via satellite services
    • Addressing rural needs and foster greater collaboration between post-secondary institutions and innovation-driven industries in rural communities through the Innovation Network, led by the new Chief Innovation Advisor to the Premier
    • Using new technology so any community in B.C. can create a customized Job Bank using WorkBC.ca data to link local workers with local jobs
    • Appointing a rural representative to the BC Innovation Council, and capitalize on new connectivity in rural communities by supporting regional innovation with actions such as matching local challenges with homegrown solutions and showcasing regional innovations and opportunities
  • Supported a TELUS pilot program, entirely funded by TELUS, that offers low-cost Internet service ($9.95 a month) to approximately 18,000 low-income single-parent families across the province on income or disability assistance
  • Supported the release of Video Relay Services SRV Canada VRS in Canada. If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, VRS makes it easier for you to communicate with internet video
  • gov.bc.ca meets International Web Content Accessibility Guidelines [WCAG 2.0 (AA)]

Read more about what we've done over the last year in the Year Two Progress Update.