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Where We Are

Delivering Internet to Nova Scotians is a priority and we’re making progress. We are working with our Internet Service Provider partners to bring reliable, high-speed Internet to communities across the province.

Since the first Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative projects were announced in February 2020, approximately 46,000 *of a total 90,000 homes and businesses that are part of our agreements with providers now have the network in place to provide new or improved high-speed internet. Providers are working to connect the rest as quickly as possible. Through our work, we identified additional underserved and have captured those where possible, bringing us to approximately 102,000** total underserved across the province. (This includes municipal led projects in Annapolis and Pictou counties.)

There are approximately 4,500 remaining underserved homes and businesses. We're working with qualified providers on potential solutions and work will continue in an effort to reach as close to 100% of homes and businesses as possible.

With projects announced to date and including municipal led projects in Annapolis and Pictou counties, access to internet connections will extend to 99% of Nova Scotia.

We're not done! Work will continue with internet providers in an effort to reach as close to 100% of homes and businesses as possible.

* As of October 2021

** An additional 7,700 homes and businesses are anticipated to be covered as part of municipal led projects in Annapolis and Pictou counties.

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Project Zones

For more information on projects in your community, select your region below. Click here for a full version of our zoning map for this project. Or enter your community name in the search bar.

See the full list of communities

Select a project zone from the map for more information.

List of zones

Western NS | Annapolis / Hants | Shelburne / Barrington | South Shore | Cumberland / Colchester (Truro) | Pictou | HRM / Eastern Shore | Eastern Strait / Guysborough | Rural Cape Breton | CBRM
Note: The names of our Internet zones don’t necessarily represent the counties they fall within.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Rogers and Seaside announcement mean for the project?

Seaside Communications and Rogers Communications announced a joint agreement that would see Rogers acquire Seaside, a leading, locally operated, telecommunications company based in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Rogers has committed to retaining Seaside's local presence and all existing staff moving forward. Read more here.

We're looking forward to continuing our partnership through the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative and the projects we have underway with Seaside to bring access to high-speed Internet to those areas.

Visit Seaside's update page including FAQ's for more information.

My area was included in the scope expansions projects announced in November 2020 and January 2021. When will these scope expansion projects be completed?

Overall, it is anticipated that all homes and businesses as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative will have access to improved network by the end of or before 2023. We fully expect that these projects will continue to be completed in stages (as some are complete or nearing completion for example) and many will be done prior to the end of 2023.

Access to connections will be ongoing up to and including this date. We are working closely with Internet Service Providers to accelerate the work as much as possible and anticipate some will be complete earlier than that. Please continue to check back for more details and updates.

How do I know if I’m included in Round 2 projects?

With the Round 2 announcement announced in September 2020, an additional 32,000 homes and businesses will have access to connections—all with fibre to the home. This agreement with pre-qualified Internet service provider, Bell Media includes more than 100 communities across the province.

For a general list of project areas, click here. This details communities or parts of communities that are included in all projects to date.

We will also be hosting community-based webinars in many areas as well as sharing information with local libraries, community hubs, etc.

Why has only Bell Canada been awarded in Round 2?

The Round 2 RFP was open to all 15 pre-qualified proponents and we received proposals from a number of them. In this case, when the proposals were evaluated and scored, the highest ranked projects all happened to be Bell projects. You will recall that five separate ISPs, both big and small, were awarded projects through Round 1.

We should also recognize CRTC regulations around open access mean that portions of backbone networks installed are open to other providers to access, so more robust Internet networks could encourage further competition at the customer level over time.

Have questions? Need more information?

Please use the form below to reach out to our team. If you are reaching out about a project or potential project in your area, please include your full address, community and postal code.

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