DAWSON CREEK – Peace Region Internet Society is receiving a $366,011 provincial grant to expand high-speed Internet service in by 2017.

Communities include: Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Arras, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Charlie Lake, Rose Prairie, Blueberry First Nations Reserve, Pouce Coupe, West Doe, Kiskatinaw, South Dawson, Progress, Swam Lake, Grand Haven, Cecil Lake, Two Rivers and Baldonnel.

“Accessibility to online services and resources is becoming more and more essential,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.This program will help Peace residents take advantage of the opportunities in the digital world.”

“Our day to day lives depend on reliable access to information and services,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “Expanding high-speed Internet service will help bring better service for Peace Country families.”

This project is funded through Connecting British Columbia, a $10-million, multi-year grant program that helps to pay for infrastructure required to deliver high-speed Internet connectivity to homes and businesses in rural B.C.

It is among nine projects funded through Connecting British Columbia that will benefit more than 80 B.C. communities, totalling more than $1.1 million. An additional eight projects benefiting 70 communities were announced last year.

Connecting British Columbia is administered by Northern Development Initiative Trust and covers the entire province. Eligible applicants are selected based on their project’s potential to provide expanded or improved Internet service to British Columbians in rural and remote areas.

B.C. is on track to meet its goal of 100 per cent high-speed connectivity before 2021. Currently, 94 per cent of British Columbians have access to high-speed Internet. This makes B.C. one of the most connected jurisdictions in the world.