Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund

PEI Broadband Fund

The availability of stable, high‑speed Internet infrastructure is critical for access to essential resources and public services, and to enable economic growth and diversification.  The Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund provides financial assistance to local Prince Edward Island internet service providers (ISPs), communities, and businesses for the installation of infrastructure for enhanced broadband services. Through this program, support is provided for increased service levels, improved access, and consumer choice across Prince Edward Island with a focus on rural communities.

The PEI Broadband Fund has added two new funding streams to help Islanders access improved Internet service:
  • Accelerated Internet Service Provider Pilot – funding for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to upgrade or expand their networks to reach more Island residents
  • Residential Pilot – funding for Island residents to purchase equipment that will provide connections to wireless broadband services

The Accelerated Internet Service Provider Pilot Stream will provide grants up to 90 per cent with a maximum of $150,000 per project. Projects will be subject to a completion date of December 31, 2020. ISPs will be able to apply for funding through a call for applications process.

Islanders eligible for the Residential Stream Pilot will receive up to 100 per cent funding with a maximum of $5,000 per household. Eligible connection equipment costs include antennas, tripods, towers, and hydro poles. One project will be approved per household. 

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible to access the Prince Edward Island Broadband Fund (PEIBF) if you are:

  • A local ISP that is installing broadband infrastructure that will improve internet access to a community, increase service levels and/or improved consumer choice; or
  • A Prince Edward Island community that requires increased internet service levels and/or has un-serviced / underserved areas; or 
  • A Prince Edward Island for-profit business that is a sole proprietorship, partnership, cooperative, or limited liability company that requires access to new or upgraded services to their business premises.
  • A full time Prince Edward Island resident whose primary residence is in a geographical area where either the only available service is DSL with low speeds; or broadband service exists, but is unavailable at your residence due to obstruction of the signal, or no internet service is available.

Contact:

For assistance, contact Innovation PEI

94 Euston Street, PO Box 910
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7L9

Toll-Free: 1-800-563-3734
Tel: 902-368-6300
Email: business@gov.pe.ca
Website: www.innovationpei.com

*This information is provided for information purposes and is not comprehensive and reflective of all Innovation PEI policies.  Not all projects meeting the minimum eligibility criteria outlined will receive funding.  Please consult with an Innovation PEI staff member for guidance specific to your situation.

Broadband Fund Application for ISP
Broadband Fund Application for Business
Broadband Fund Application for Communities
PEI Broadband Fund Residential Pilot
PEI Broadband Fund for Accelerated ISP Pilot

Published date: 
August 25, 2020