Strategic Plan: Connectivity
Connectivity is an important way that communities share information, access expertise, and facilitate access to services. Many rural and remote communities in the Strathcona region either do not have broadband, cell coverage or both.
In 2017 the Strathcona Regional District submitted an application that would provide broadband coverage for a significant portion of remote and regional communities in the region.
Access to broadband and cell coverage, especially in remote and regional areas, was identified as a priority area at both Health Network forums.
Data sources: Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (June 2015), Strathcona Community Health Network Forum Report (November 2015), Island Health LHA Report 84, Island Health LHA Report 72, CRTC Mapping of Broadband and Internet Service Coverage in Canada, SRD Broadband Study (in development).
2017 Connectivity Actions
In 2017 the Strathcona Regional District initiated a Broadband Project that, if successful, will service many rural and remote communities in our district. The Health Network actively sought letters of support to assist with the SRD's proposal.