Backgrounder: Governments of Canada and British Columbia invest over $58 million to bring high-speed Internet access to over 5,400 households


September 7, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario

On September 7, 2023, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, together with the Honourable Lisa Beare, British Columbia's Minister of Citizens' Services, announced over $58 million in federal and provincial funding to bring high-speed Internet access to over 5,400 households in rural and remote communities in the Columbia Basin area of British Columbia.

The communities that will benefit from improved Internet speeds include:

Funding recipient Communities

Columbia Basin Trust

Appledale, Baynes Lake, Blaeberry, Brandon, Burton, Caithness, Carrolls Landing, Cassimayooks No.5 (ʔaq̓am), Castledale, Donald, East Arrow Park, Edgewood, Elko, Erie, Fauquier, Field, Forde, Fort Steele, Galloway, Grasmere, Hall, Harrogate, Hills, Jersey, Kicking Horse, Kragmont, Lebahdo, Lemon Creek, Makinson, Mayook, Meadowbrook, Meadows, Moberly, Monroe Lake, Nelway, New Denver, Nicholson, Park Siding, Parson, Passmore, Perrys, Porto Rico, Roosville, Rosebery, Ross Spur, Rural Slocan, Rural Salmo, Silverton (including Red Mountain Road), Skookumchuck, Slocan Park, Spillimacheen, Summit Lake, Sweetwater, Ta Ta Creek, Tobacco Plains (Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi 'it First Nation), Vallican, Wardner, Winlaw, Rural Ymir

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