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How does the rebate program work?

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Who is eligible for this rebate?

The rebate is available to the approximate 3,700 homes and businesses for which no feasible wired or wireless internet solution has been found.

The program has now expanded to residents and business owners who are not expected to gain access to wired or wireless internet until after December 31, 2023. The expansion is expected to help an additional estimated 2,200 homes and businesses.

Depending on program uptake, we will assess how best to expand the program further.

Why offer this now?

The goal is to reach as close to 100% of Nova Scotians as possible with access to reliable, quality internet service. Satellite internet was identified as an option to reach locations where no feasible wired or wireless internet solution has been found.

Where is the money coming from?

The Satellite Internet Service Rebate is available through a $8.5M investment from the Province of Nova Scotia to the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust.

What type of dwelling or business is eligible?

Any type of dwelling or business is eligible if located at an eligible address that has a civic number assigned to it.

What can the rebate be used for?

The rebate will cover the one-time costs for eligible homes and businesses to set-up satellite internet, including hardware, taxes, shipping and installation, up to a maximum of $1,000.

Is this taking investment taking away from the overall Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative of $193M?

No, an additional $8.5M was provided for the Satellite Internet Service Rebate. A change in the Trust indenture allows this rebate program to take place.

Why only satellite when I know other providers offer service nearby?

The feasibility of providing access to high-speed internet services involves more than proximity to network infrastructure. The terrain, supporting infrastructure and prevalence of road, rail and water crossings in the area all play a significant role in feasibility.

Are there other qualified satellite options?

Currently, Starlink has indicated that they can meet or exceed these minimum speeds. We would encourage you to reach out to the provider to determine which product best suits your needs.

Any other qualified provider(s) that can meet the minimum CRTC speeds could also be eligible.

What happens when someone receives a rebate and then moves? Is the location put back on the list?

Develop Nova Scotia and Service Nova Scotia can determine if a property is back on the market and if the address would be eligible again for a rebate.

This benefits those that are not on the list for internet service, but what about those who still need to wait a year for to have access via the Bell, Eastlink or Xplornet projects for example?

The satellite rebate (https://internet.developns.ca/satellite/) is being made available to the approximate 3,700 homes and businesses for which no other wired or wireless internet solution has been found.

The program has now expanded to residents and business owners who are not expected to gain access to wired or wireless internet until after December 31, 2023. The expansion is expected to help an additional estimated 2,200 homes and businesses.

Depending on program uptake, we will assess how best to expand the program further.

If someone in an unserved area bought satellite last week, can they now get a rebate?

The program opened on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

The satellite rebate (https://internet.developns.ca/satellite/) is being made available to the approximate 3,700 homes and businesses for which no other wired or wireless internet solution has been found.


The program has now expanded to residents and business owners who are not expected to gain access to wired or wireless internet until after December 31, 2023. The expansion is expected to help an additional estimated 2,200 homes and businesses.

Depending on program uptake, we will assess how best to expand the program further.

If you are on the eligible list (https://internet.developns.ca/satellite/) and have already purchased the hardware from a provider that can meet or exceed the minimum CRTC speeds, you can apply.

Why do you Require personal information for the application?

Personal information on the Satellite Rebate Service Program application form is collected by Develop Nova Scotia under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP).

We collect:

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Physical address where the service is connected
  • Which service provider you have chosen
  • Proof of service documentation
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Date of Birth

We collect and use this information to process your application, determine your eligibility for the rebate, to communicate with you regarding your application, to issue payment, and to file required reporting on rebates issued to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). To determine eligibility, it is necessary to disclose your name, address where the service is connected and service provider information to the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust via Develop Nova Scotia for them to review and approve your application.

To process your payment, it is necessary to disclose your name and mailing address to McInnes Cooper which will be processing payments on behalf of the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust. Your name, the amount awarded, your social insurance number, and date of birth will be disclosed to the Canada Revenue Agency as the Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust is required to report distributions from the Trust. Your personal information will only be used or disclosed for another purpose if we are authorized by law to do so or if we obtain your express consent.

To read more about how government respects your privacy when interacting with our online services review our full Privacy Statement. For questions about how your personal information is handled in relation to this program, you may contact us at satellite@developns.ca or 1-800-298-2854.

Please Note:

The Nova Scotia Internet Funding Trust and Develop Nova Scotia are offering a rebate program to the consumer on the up-front costs to acquire the satellite service provided they meet or exceed the CRTC minimum speed requirements of 50mbps download / 10mbps upload. This is not a contracted project with any provider. Any product specific questions are to be directed to the satellite service provider.

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