Project Title:

CVRD Regional Connectivity Strategy

Project Organization:

Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD)

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $30,000
  • Applicant Equity: $30,000
  • Total Budget: $60,000

This project is designed to increase rural/remote broadband speed for households and businesses in select communities in the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).

The CVRD’s plan includes a technology assessment of the connectivity gaps in the region, a community consultation process to identify needs and wants, an inventory of current connectivity infrastructure, and roster of technology and network solutions with associated cost estimates. Once completed the strategy will provide a roadmap to guide the build-out of the digital landscapes and the securing of last-mile infrastructure funding.

Broadband infrastructure improvements are fundamental to narrowing the digital divide and ensuring all citizens can realize the full range of benefits that connectivity has to offer. They also boost the ability of communities to attract and retain employees, remote workers, and community members.

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2021 through the Investment Readiness program.