National Broadband Data Information

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The National Broadband Data and the National Broadband Map are comprehensive and precise mapping data describing retail broadband Internet services and wholesale backbone infrastructure in Canada. This data is collected in partnership between the CRTC and ISED through annual surveys and ongoing consultation with key stakeholders, including Internet service providers, federal partners, industry associations, provinces and others.

This data is collected and used for the statistical measure of broadband Internet service availability in Canada as well as the administration of various broadband related contribution programs as can be found on the Get Connected page.

The data includes two key components that collectively describe Internet service availability in Canada.

The National Broadband Map presents this information in two different formats. The first allows for a broad, national or regional view of connectivity by aggregating the information into a grid of 25km2 hexagons. A second option allows users to zoom in to view available Internet connectivity options by individual 250m road segments. This data is available for download through the Open Government portal, under the National Broadband Data dataset.

Data Downloads

Reference data sets are available through Open Government for download:

About the National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map

1. Rural Road Coverage

This section includes layers that reflect a road-level approximation of available and program supported retail broadband services by speed and technology. This representation is derived from the pseudo-household statistical model (described above). Road segments are produced by dividing the national road network from Statistics Canada's Road Network data into sections of approximately 250 metres. Road segments within large and medium population centres (described below) are not part of these layers.

Speeds represent thresholds being met on both the upload and download speeds listed. Only the highest threshold met is shown on the map. The top speed marker met does not exclude higher speeds from being available.

Colour Legend

icon Display these technologies

This checkbox enables the display of available retail broadband service speeds by road segment. Note that this checkbox is only enabled if the map is sufficiently zoomed into a section of interest.

It is possible to display the broadband speeds by technology by selecting one of the following three radio buttons.

Coverage represents

By choosing one or more of the following checkboxes, it is possible to toggle between currently available retail services and those which are part of government enabled projects.

2. Aggregated Presentation

This section includes layers that provide a broad, national or regional view of connectivity and investment impacts by aggregating the information into a national grid of 25km2 hexagons. Individual layers are enabled or disabled using the checkbox for each.  Please note that enabling too many concurrent layers may impact user experience and browser performance.

icon Current 50/10 Mbps areas
These layers reflect a hexagonal approximation of areas for which households have access to broadband services offering 50/10 Mbps or greater. This assessment is based upon detailed coverage information provided by Internet Service Providers to the CRTC and to ISED and is evaluated against the Pseudo-household Demographic Distribution, based on the 2016 Census of Canada.

icon Current 5/1 Mbps areas
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas for which greater than 75% of households have access to terrestrial broadband services offering 5/1 Mbps or greater. This assessment is based upon detailed coverage information provided by Internet Service Providers to the CRTC and to ISED and is evaluated against the Pseudo-household Demographic Distribution, based on the 2016 Census of Canada.

icon Program supported areas
These layers provide information about government supported projects currently underway that will augment broadband connectivity in their targeted areas. Some programs are presented as separate layers, while others have been aggregated.

icon CCP projects coverage
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of Connecting Canadians Program (CCP) project coverage. Those hexagons reflect areas where the number of underserved households would be reduced by at least 25%. The CCP considered 'underserved' households which did not have access to terrestrial services offering 5/1 Mbps of service. Details on the area (hexagon) associated with the project can be found by examining the 'Area Information' tab.

icon CTI projects areas
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas associated with Connect to Innovate (CTI) projects. This collection of areas includes those areas which might see fibre expansion, new backbone points of presence, new institutional connections and/or new last-mile services.

icon CTI projects coverage
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas associated with Connect to Innovate (CTI) projects which will offer new last mile-services. Those hexagons reflect areas where the number of underserved households would be reduced by at least 25%. The CTI program considered 'underserved' households which did not have access to terrestrial services offering 5/1 Mbps of service. Details on the area (hexagon) associated with the project can be found by examining the 'Area Information' tab.

icon CTI projects backbone
This layer includes an approximation of new high capacity transport services (i.e. Point of Presence offering wholesale capacity) associated with Connect to Innovate (CTI) Projects. Details on the area (hexagon) associated with the project can be found by examining the 'Area Information' tab.

icon Private expansion commitments
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas associated with Connect to Innovate (CTI) projects where the beneficiary has committed to make private investments that will result in increased connectivity.

icon CRTC projects
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas where the CRTC has approved funding for projects under its Broadband Fund.

icon Infrastructure Canada projects
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas where Infrastructure Canada supports ongoing broadband projects.

icon  Indigenous Services Canada projects
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas where Indigenous Services Canada supports connectivity projects.

icon Provincial/Territorial projects
This layer reflects a hexagonal approximation of areas where Provinces and Territories supports ongoing broadband projects.

3. Other Supporting Layers

icon Community points
This layer includes the reference set of place names (Geolocated placenames in Canada) and associated locations established by ISED.

icon Google place names
This layer includes place names (e.g. cities, villages etc.) as presented in the standard Google base map.

icon Satellite dependent
This layer includes communities reliant upon satellite services through the community aggregator model. This listing has been derived from the 2014 CRTC Satellite Inquiry Report and reflects service expansion to date.

icon Aboriginal lands of Canada
This layer shows indigenous areas in Canada. Please note that this layer is a representative approximation and does not reflect the precise boundaries. This smoothing has been applied for performance reasons. For the official definition and dataset files, please refer to the Aboriginal Lands of Canada Legislative Boundaries on Open Government.

icon Federally protected and conserved areas
This layer shows protected and conserved areas in Canada with a focus on federally managed areas. Please note that this layer is a representative approximation and does not reflect the precise boundaries. This smoothing has been applied for performance reasons. For the official definition and dataset files, please refer to the Canadian Protected and Conserved Areas Database page. For the purpose of the broadband map, a federal subset was created showing information about the following 5 federal agencies that manage protected areas:

icon Population Centres
Population centres are classified into three groups, depending on the size of their population:

These layers reflect Statistics Canada population centres (Population Centre and Rural Area Classification 2016).

Frequently Asked Questions

I believe I have more up-to-date information on high-speed Internet coverage in a specific area. How do I submit it?

You can provide your updated coverage information through the feedback form.

What projects are identified on the map?

Our map identifies projects administered by ISED under the Connecting Canadians program and the Connect to Innovate program that have a contribution agreement in place. For reference, it also identifies projects from other government departments (Indigenous Services Canada, Infrastructure Canada) and provincial/territorial governments where the information has been made available, respecting any confidentiality limitations.

There is a Connecting Canadians Program or Connect to Innovate project in my area, how can I get more information?

We encourage you to contact the project's proponent to obtain more information about this project, including the project's scope, timelines and new Internet offerings that may be available.

Why is it that there is no service at my address whilst your map indicates services are available?

Where coverage information on our map is shown by hexagons, it has been aggregated into areas of roughly 25 km2 and indicates thresholds of service availability; it is possible that not every household has access to the service indicated. Where coverage information is shown by roads, it has been aggregated by 250 metre road segments; this is significantly more detail than hexagons, but it is still possible that not every household has access to the services indicated.

Why are there incomplete lines and/or missing roads on the broadband road segments?

The broadband road coverage layer is intended to present broadband availability in rural areas. Roads in medium and large population centres have been removed. Road segments where there are no private dwellings based on the pseudo-household distribution model may also not be represented. This data will continue to be improved as ISED integrates feedback received and coverage updates in future releases.

Why can't I activate the display of road segments?

For performance reasons, you need to zoom in closer within an area in order to be able to activate the "Display these technologies" road coverage layer from the Layer Selector panel. In addition, rendering on the Internet Explorer is limited. For optimal results, we recommend that you consider using another browser, such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

There was an update on the map. Why can't I see the change?

An update to the data that supports the map will not necessary change its rendering. In addition, it is good practice to clear your browser's cache if a recent update was made.

What are the timelines of the Connecting Canadians and the Connect to Innovate projects?

The majority of projects under the Connecting Canadians Program were completed by March 31, 2019; however, a few were granted an extension up to March 31, 2020 due to exceptional circumstances. Most projects under the Connect to Innovate Program should be completed by March 31, 2022; however, a second round of projects which were selected in 2019 are expected to be completed by March 31, 2023.

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