The Connected Coast project will be managed and implemented by CityWest and the Strathcona Regional District (SRD). The two organizations initially submitted individual projects but realized improved services for both areas could be attained by connecting the two networks.
The SRD and CityWest will work to engage and consult with local communities, regional districts, First Nations and local internet service providers (ISPs) to ensure the project meets the needs of communities now and in the future. The SRD and CityWest will also work with local ISPs, communities and anchor institutions that are interested in upgrading their local networks to allow for last-mile connections to the infrastructure.
Overall, the project will cost an estimated $45.4 million. The SRD will receive $33 million to place the required high-speed infrastructure around Vancouver Island and southern coastal, providing the required infrastructure for 131 communities to be able to connect to the internet.
CityWest will receive $12.4 million to provide the necessary infrastructure to enable 23 communities to connect to the internet. Funding for the project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s Connect to Innovate (CTI) program, Indigenous Services Canada, and the Province of BC through the Connecting British Columbia program administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust.
The Strathcona Connected Coast Network Corporation has been created as a wholly owned subsidiary to oversee the construction and maintenance of the SRD portion of the project.