Results at a Glance – Evaluation of ISED Support to Extending Broadband Access to Rural and Remote Communities, 2014-15 to 2018-19

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Audit and Evaluation Branch

Program context

  • Connecting Canadians Program (CCP) and Connect to Innovate (CTI) aim to increase access to broadband services for underserved communities in rural and remote Canada. CCP was launched in 2014 and has 86 projects that are all nearly complete. CTI started in 2016 and has announced 194 projects.
  • They are both five-year cost-shared programs that provide one-time, non-repayable contributions to eligible applicants (total budgeted contributions of $207M (CCP) and $483M (CTI)).
  • Since the launch of these programs, the definition of high quality and high speed broadband services has evolved (i.e., from 5/1 Mbps under CCP and CTI to 50/10 Mbps by 2030). Further, the federal Connectivity Strategy and $6B in Budget 2019 for new broadband investments (e.g., Universal Broadband Fund) have been announced.

Evaluation approach

What the evaluation found

Recommendations

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