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BIRA (Broadband Internet for Remote Areas)

Traditional connectivity may not be available for many small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and will require the purchase or installation of additional or specialized equipment in order to achieve the minimum service level of 25mbps. The Broadband Internet for Remote Areas fund will assist rural and remote small-medium businesses located in Northern Ontario.

This non-repayable grant opportunity reimburses eligible applicants 50% (up to a maximum of $1,500.00) towards the purchase of hardware, installation, labour fees and shipping towards upgraded or new broadband or satellite internet. 

New technologies can provide service levels to a minimum of 25mbps download and 5mbps upload, scalable to 50mbps download and 10mbps upload via satellite or fixed wireless solutions.

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  • Established businesses operating on a full-time basis, with a valid Canadian BIN number, are eligible

  • Established seasonal businesses, such as tourism operations, are also considered eligible.

  • Businesses must be within NOHFC northern Ontario boundaries

  • Hobby and part-time businesses are not eligible.

  • To ensure that you are eligible please consult with our staff BEFORE purchasing the equipment. Upon receipt of your application, NEOnet will contact you regarding your eligibility.

  • Click here to book a consultation with a team member to discuss eligibility and program information

Eligible Costs

  • Hardware and peripherals

  • Installation charges

  • Shipping and handling fees

Ongoing costs (monthly service fees) are not eligible.

Terms and Conditions of Payment

  • Eligible applicants may receive a reimbursement of up to 50% to a maximum of $1,500.

  • Applicants will select a vendor; staff are available to assist you with the possible vendor in your area.

  • You must complete a short exit survey/program evaluation for a claim to be processed.

  • Once NEOnet has received all requisite documents, reviewed the final report, and the applicant has satisfied all other program requirements, we will issue reimbursement.

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