Satellite program expands to ensure internet access for all


The Satellite Internet Service Rebate Program is being expanded again to help more Nova Scotians get faster access to Internet service.

Starting today, November 30, the program will accept applications from any resident or business owner who currently does not have access to wired or wireless Internet service.

« Our government is committed to extending Internet access to every household and business in Nova Scotia, » said Economic Development Minister Susan Corkum-Greek. « This program expansion will bridge the gap for those who currently don’t have access to high-speed internet and get them there faster as we strive to bring internet to everyone. »

Reimbursement covers one-time costs for eligible homes and businesses to set up satellite Internet, including hardware, shipping, installation and taxes, up to a maximum of $1,000. Previously, the rebate program only applied to homes or businesses where there was no other Internet service solution planned or where high-speed Internet access was not expected until 2024 or later.

Nova Scotians interested in the rebate should confirm they qualify before purchasing satellite equipment. They can do this by visiting and entering their home or business address.

Once people have confirmed their eligibility and purchased satellite equipment and service, they can submit applications electronically or by mail.

Satellite service providers qualifying for the program must meet or exceed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Committee’s minimum speed targets of 50 Mbps download / 10 Mbps upload. Currently, only Starlink has indicated that it can meet or exceed these speeds, but if other satellite providers can meet these speeds, they may also be included in the program.

Fast facts:

  • the Satellite Internet Service Rebate Program, led by Develop Nova Scotia, was announced on July 29 and expanded on August 11
  • the program is funded by the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust, following a government investment of $8.5 million in 2021-22
  • projects previously announced on the Internet for the Nova Scotia initiative continue to move forward
  • Beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, legislation passed this fall will combine Develop Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Lands to form Build Nova Scotia, which will retain responsibility for the high-speed internet project.



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