Fall 2022 Update

 

Truth and Reconciliation Day

The Connected Coast project partners CityWest and Strathcona Regional District will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022. On this day we pay respect to the children who didn’t return home, the Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

The Connected Coast Project team members work closely with many First Nations as friends and partners. The team strives to be strong allies to ensure we are moving forward on meaningful reconciliation.

We encourage others to visit the Government of Canada’s website for more information about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action.

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Construction Progress

The Connected Coast project will bring high-speed internet to approximately 139 rural and remote communities, including 48 First Nations communities, along the B.C. coast from north of Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii, south to Vancouver and to Vancouver Island.

Construction of the $45.4 million project is approximately a 1/3 complete with close to a 1,000 kilometres of fibre-optic cable laid.

Network testing is now underway.  Communities with completed last mile build infrastructure will soon experience high-speed internet connectivity.

Follow the construction journey by viewing the Build Status map (updated often) on our website.

 

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Recent News

Subsea Fibre Optic Cable Laying Begins in the Strait of Georgia

The Connected Coast project began construction in the Strait of Georgia on July 20, 2022. The subsea fibre optic cable lay process began on Gabriola Island and moved north to Campbell River and the Discovery Islands few weeks after.

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High-Speed Connectivity Cable Arrives in Haida Gwaii

The Connected Coast project reached a new milestone on July 4, 2022 with 87 kilometres of fibre-optic cable stretched across the seabed of Hecate Strait, which will bring high-speed connectivity to Haida Gwaii.

The arrival of the subsea cable-laying vessel in Haida Gwaii marked the completion of fibre-optic-cable-laying activities between Haida Gwaii and the B.C. coastal mainland, and the first step toward better connectivity for Haida Gwaii residents.

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Lax Kw’alaams – First Community to Receive Services via the Connected Coast

CityWest officially launched Internet services in Lax Kw’alaams on June 10, 2022. This marked the first community along the Connected Coast to receive services from the subsea fibre-optic cable.

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Last-Mile Partnerships

The Connected Coast Project team continues to work with communities, First Nations, and Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to plan for future fibre-optic services.

Here are the recent Last-Mile partnerships announced:

Government of Canada announces nearly $1.9 million in combined federal-provincial funding to bring high-speed Internet access to 663 rural British Columbia households

The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, together with Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, announced nearly $1.9 million in combined federal and provincial funding for two projects by CityWest to bring high-speed Internet access to 663 households on Keats Island and in New Brighton, British Columbia.

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CityWest Fibre-to-the-home Construction Begins in Skidegate

CityWest officially continues to build fibre-to-the-home infrastructure on Haida Gwaii. The $3.14 million last-mile project, which includes both Skidegate and Daajing Giids, is supported by up to $2.17 million from the Connecting British Columbia program, funded by the Province of BC.

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How Do I Get Fibre-Optic High-Speed Internet?

The Connected Coast Project will provide sub-sea high speed fibre-optic cable to communities along the BC Coast and around Vancouver Island.  Once this ‘Backbone’ fibre reaches a community, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) will connect to the fibre cable and offer internet service directly to residential and commercial properties, providing a ‘Last Mile’ connection.

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 Photo & Video Gallery

See the construction action as it takes place.
View photos that capture landing sites being built, sub-sea fibre being laid and watch videos and interviews of the construction crew and First Nation partners on the project website photo gallery.

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Project Member – Spotlight

Dereck Wong – Baylink Networks Inc., Prime Contractor of the Connected Coast project

Dereck Wong has been involved with the Connected Coast project from the start with Baylink Networks. His expertise and BASC in Mechanical Engineering & Commerce from the University of British Columbia has been instrumental in the construction planning.

Dereck’s role with the Connected Coast project has developed over time. He originally took part in the initial project application process and is now providing technical project oversight & support.

This project is very important to Dereck and his colleauges as “it is building the backbone of connectivity for coastal British Columbia, providing remote and rural communities with inclusive access, and confirming the narrative that high-speed internet is no longer a ‘want’ but a necessity.”

Dereck also shares that when the project is finished, and Connected Coast is operational, he is so excited for what the future brings.  “Seeing communities benefit and providing that infrastructure that will allow for growth opportunities, be it increased tourism, remote work options, new business prospects, increase safety response, or simply enjoying a movie at home will be so powerful and he is grateful to be a part of it.”

Dereck and his wife Chrissy, split their time between Seattle and Vancouver.


 

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Announcements, photos, videos, updates, fun internet and connectivity tid bits are now being posted on our Connected Coast social media channels.

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The Connected Coast project will bring new or improved high-speed internet accessibility to 139 rural and remote coastal communities, including 48 Indigenous communities – representing 44 First Nations – along the BC coast from north of Prince Rupert, to Haida Gwaii, south to Vancouver, and around Vancouver Island.  It is anticipated that this project will be completed at the end of 2023.

The Connected Coast Project is a joint venture between CityWest and the Strathcona Regional District