Internet in B.C.

Internet connectivity plays a vital role in staying connected with the world, providing educational and work opportunities, accessing services and communicating with family and friends.


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What does the government do?

Network BC, in the Ministry of Citizens’ Services, encourages the expansion of connectivity in rural and remote areas across the province where possible to ensure local connectivity is affordable, accessible and business ready. 

Network BC coordinates efforts with:

  • Federal, provincial, local governments, and First Nations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Communities
  • Internet service providers (ISPs)

Where can I get more information?

There are still a number of unserved and underserved households across the province. These areas are primarily on the outskirts of connected communities or in rural or remote areas where populations are small or dispersed, making access to internet connectivity expensive and challenging. 

If you are interested in what connectivity options are available to you or potential plans for expanding service, we would encourage you to reach out to your local internet service provider:

Additionally, to help local governments and community leaders develop plans to create affordable internet connectivity solutions, the Province and Northern Development Initiative Trust developed a Connectivity Handbook

Connectivity Funding Programs

Both the federal and the provincial governments have created dedicated programs to help pay for infrastructure which ISPs can apply for:

Connecting all 203 First Nations with high-speed connectivity is a priority for First Nations leadership and the B.C. government. Federal and provincial governments have granted $55 million to the All Nations Trust Company to connect all 203 First Nations with an internet connection through the Pathways to Technology project.

Federal telecommunications regulation

The federal government, through the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), regulates the telecommunications industry. They often consult with their stakeholders on policies and regulatory changes.

  • Learn more about the CRTC

Frequently Asked Questions

Network BC encourages the expansion of high-speed internet services by working with different levels of government, the private sector, and other organizations.  As telecommunications are regulated federally in Canada, the B.C. government cannot direct private companies where to make their investments. Rather, we work to leverage government’s investment in telecommunications services to encourage the expansion of internet services where there may not otherwise be a business case to do so.

High-speed internet helps to enable economic and social development, educational opportunities, access to e-services, health and public safety. 


3. Where are high-speed internet services available in B.C.?


4. Is there a program to expand connectivity in First Nations communities?

Pathways to Technology was launched to expand connectivity to 203 First Nations in B.C. and is administered by the All Nations Trust Company. The project is funded by provincial and federal governments.

Both the federal and the provincial governments have created dedicated programs to help pay for infrastructure which ISPs can apply for: