Government of Canada announces Newfoundland and Labrador communities to benefit from Connect to Innovate funding

News Release

Communities across the province to get access to new or faster Internet through joint investment

January 29, 2018 – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Over 70 rural and remote communities throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit directly or indirectly from faster Internet. They will be able to do business online, participate in distance education and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age thanks to a combined investment in high-speed Internet.

A large portion of federal funding is being allocated through Connect to Innovate, a federal program that aims to provide Canadians in underserved communities with access to high-speed Internet by investing in backbone networks, upgrading capacity and extending access.

A list of communities that will benefit from Connect to Innovate funded–projects in Newfoundland and Labrador along with the Internet service provider and Connect to Innovate funding for each project can be found in the Connect to Innovate Newfoundland and Labrador projects table.

Connect to Innovate Newfoundland and Labrador projects

The communities listed for each project continue to change as the implementation of projects evolves.

Targeted communities Internet service provider Project funding
English Harbour East
Grand Le Pierre
Bell Canada $485,030
Conche Bell Canada $344,180
Cook's Harbour Bell Canada $323,570
Admirals Beach
Fox Harbour
Bell Canada $397,490
Grey River
Bell Canada $900,000
Miles Cove
Port Anson
Bell Canada $339,900
Petit Forte
Southeast Bight
Bell Canada $759,830
Gaultois Bell Canada $376,500
McCallum Bell Canada $406,730
Rencontre East Bell Canada $341,550
St. Brendan's Bell Canada $318,150
Change Islands Bell Canada $337,280
Bacon Cove
Fair Haven
Little Harbour East
Bell Canada $331,240
Burgoynes Cove
Bell Canada $369,270
Cottrell's Cove
Fortune Harbour
Bell Canada $942,750
Fleur de Lys Bell Canada $462,990
Ming's Bight Bell Canada $484,360
Mud Lake Bell Canada $281,250
St. Chads
Winter Brook
Bell Canada $631,620
Jack Ladder
Bell Canada $421,450
Jackson's Arm
Pollards Point
Sop's Arm
The Beaches
Bell Canada $1,290,000
Reidville Bell Canada $76,980
Port aux Basques Bell Canada $277,200
Baie Verte Bell Canada $439,540
St. Alban's Bell Canada $412,500
Bear Cove Bell Canada $355,020
Port Albert Bell Canada $472,810
Island Harbour
Seldom-Little Seldom
Bell Canada $474,000
Capstan Island
L'Anse au Loup
Lodge Bay
Mary's Harbour
Port Hope Simpson
Red Bay
St. Lewis
West St. Modeste
Bell Canada $8,250,000
Anchor Point
Bartletts Harbour
Bear Cove
Bird Cove
Black Duck Cove
Blue Cove
Brig Bay
Castor River North
Castor River South
Cow Head
Deadmans Cove
Eddies Cove
Eddies Cove West
English Harbour East
Flower's Cove
Forresters Point
Grand Le Pierre
Green Island Brook
Green Island Cove
Halfway Point
Hawke's Bay
Lower Lance Cove
Nameless Cove
New Ferolle
Parson's Pond
Pidgeon Cove-St. Barbe
Pines Cove
Plum Point
Pond Cove
Port au Choix
Port Saunders
Portland Creek
Sally's Cove
Rocky Harbour
Savage Cove
Shoal Cove
St. Barbe North Sandy Cove
St. Pauls
EION Inc. $2,210,000
Bell Canada $1,280,000


“Access to high-speed Internet is not a luxury; it’s essential. High-speed Internet is a basic tool that all Canadians should have access to, regardless of their postal code. Canadians need this service to do business, upgrade their education and build stronger communities. Thanks to our Connect to Innovate program, more Canadians will be able to participate fully in the digital economy.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate program is investing $500 million to go toward building the digital backbone of high-speed Internet networks in Canada. Backbone networks are the digital highways that move data in and out of communities. These highways carry large amounts of data that are essential for schools, hospitals, libraries and businesses to function in a digital world.

  • Connect to Innovate will also fund last-mile connections to households that don’t have high-speed Internet.

  • Of the $39.97 million invested in Newfoundland and Labrador (announced on January 2, 2018), $26.88 million will come from the federal government, $1.57 million will come from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and $11.52 million will come from other contributors.

  • Of the federal investment, $24.78 million in funding will come from the Connect to Innovate program and $2.1 million will come from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

  • Connect to Innovate is part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class.

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Karl W. Sasseville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

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