News Release Article from  Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Application deadline extended for Connect to Innovate program

Minister Bains extends deadline to submit applications for funding

February 2, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Prior to launching Connect to Innovate, extensive consultations about the program's parameters, including the amount of time applicants would require to apply, were held across the country. Recently, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada received feedback from communities indicating that more time was needed to prepare applications given the complexity of their projects and the number of partners involved.

The Government of Canada's goal is to ensure that as many rural and remote communities as possible benefit from better access to high-speed Internet while maintaining a competitive and fair process. That's why the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, today announced that the Connect to Innovate application deadline would be extended from March 13, 2017, to April 20, 2017.

As a result of this program, Canadians living in rural and remote communities will be able to unlock a full suite of modern digital tools and services to fully participate in our digital economy.

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"Our goal is to ensure that as many Canadians as possible benefit from high-quality broadband. That's why we're extending the application deadline to ensure all applicants have ample time to develop their proposals. With this five-week extension, applicants will have a total of 18 weeks to prepare an application."

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • Connect to Innovate aims to bring broadband Internet access to 300 rural and remote communities across Canada.
  • The program will invest $500 million by 2021 to ensure that rural and remote communities across Canada are well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital age.
  • The deadline for applications for project funding has been extended to April 20, 2017.

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