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The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August 2021 that supports a cost-sharing program to improve access to broadband Internet services in Alberta. The provincial investment commitment of $150 million announced July 22, 2021, will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Ottawa.

Funding projects

Total project funding of up to $300 million under the agreement will focus on supporting proposed projects already submitted for funding consideration under the Universal Broadband Fund (UBF) to connect rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across the province.

  • Both levels of government are actively reviewing applications, and expect to start making funding announcements about specific projects beginning in 2022.

The matching funding from the federal government will come from the UBF, a $2.75 billion program announced in November 2020 that supports high-speed Internet projects in rural and remote areas of Canada.

If additional joint funding is made available in the future, the partnership between Alberta and the federal Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) can be amended to reflect those additional amounts.

Applicants are also encouraged to work with the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which assesses opportunities to provide low-cost financing on a project-by-project basis.

Connectivity in Alberta

In developing a roadmap to increase connectivity in the province, the Government of Alberta determined that many high-speed broadband expansion projects in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities would not be economically viable without public sector subsidy. These remaining households are often the hardest and most costly to reach, and require private/public partnerships to achieve connectivity.

To help reach its goal of 100 per cent connectivity, and enable opportunities for significant progress in the near-term, Alberta sought and established a joint funding program with the federal government to maximize the impact of its own $150 million commitment.

  • Total cost of expanding rural broadband Internet to underserved areas of the province is estimated at $1 billion.
  • The federal-provincial partnership doubles the funding available to Albertans and is a strong step forward towards expanding connectivity.

Alberta’s government continues to work with the federal government and the private sector to enable further opportunities to share these costs and connect more Albertans.


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