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CRTC to invest $271.9 million to bring fibre internet to four Nunavut communities

Iqaluit, Kinngait, Coral Harbour and Kimmirut will be the beneficiaries of a 1,300-kilometre fibre link.
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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has announced its intention to build high-speed fibre internet to four remote communities in Nunavut, marking the first time these communities will have access to the service.

Through the Broadband Fund, Iqaluit, Kinngait, Coral Harbour, and Kimmirut will be the beneficiaries of $271.9 million granted to the Government of Nunavut (GN), to build a 1300-kilometre fibre link.

Currently, the territory has no roads connecting the 25 communities, which are only accessible by air or sea, making it one of the most difficult areas of Canada in which to build networks. Once completed, "this project will connect over 80 essential public institutions in these communities, including schools, healthcare centres, and community learning centres. The fibre connections will also support future projects to connect homes and businesses across Nunavut," according to a CRTC press release issued July 5.

There was no mention of when the fibre link would be completed and in service.

The project has received significant support from the four communities involved, including from the local hunters and trappers organizations, the regional Inuit associations, the elected representatives from the communities and many local businesses, according to the CRTC.

In December 2023, the CRTC announced its intention to bring high-speed satellite internet to all communities in Nunavut for the first time. 


Kira Wronska Dorward

About the Author: Kira Wronska Dorward

I attended Trinity College as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2012 as a Specialist in History. In 2014 I successfully attained a Master of Arts in Modern History from UofT..
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