Given the unique challenges facing internet users during COVID-19, we decided to highlight a handful of projects we’re funding to help get more Canadians online.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many Canadians have had no choice but to work, socialize and learn online. It’s highlighted more than ever the digital divide for Canadians who don’t have reliable access to high-quality internet at home.
To help overcome these challenges, CIRA is working to improve access for internet users across the country. Our Community Investment Program grants provide funding for projects that help build a trusted internet for Canadians. This includes infrastructure initiatives that provide internet access to remote, rural and Indigenous communities who often struggle with connectivity issues.
To date, CIRA has provided $6.7 million in grants for 151 projects that improve digital literacy, internet infrastructure and internet access to Canadians. You can see all of the projects we’ve funded here.
Given the unique challenges facing internet users during COVID-19, we thought we’d share a handful of projects we’ve funded to help get more Canadians online with high-quality access:
1. We’re helping the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region connect remote and rural communities with high-speed internet.
Our Community Investment Program is providing funding for a high-speed fibre optic installation that will connect 16 underserviced remote and rural communities in the Winnipeg area. This lays the groundwork for further projects that aim to deliver high-speed internet and connect Manitoba’s businesses, farms, homes and institutions.