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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You can check if your address is eligible here.
  • If eligible, and you are interested in taking part in the program, you will first need to purchase the hardware from a qualified satellite internet provider. Their high-speed satellite product must meet or exceed CRTC minimum speed targets of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps.
  • 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. If other satellite providers can meet these minimum speeds, they could also become eligible.
  • You can then apply for the rebate via the online application noted above by providing information such as service address, proof of purchase and contact information.
  • In addition to the online application, there will also be a print/mail-in application available.
  • Once your claim is reviewed and approved, a cheque will be mailed to you. If you do not receive a cheque within 6 weeks of the date of submission, please contact satellite@developns.ca or 1-800-298-2854.
  • If we determine in our review that you are not eligible, we will reach out to let you know why.
  • 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.

Personal Information:

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 here. For questions about how your personal information is handled in relation to this program, you may contact us at satellite@developns.ca.

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.

Have questions? Need more information?

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