Boston Bar to receive infrastructure funding

March 11, 2017

Boston Bar is receiving a joint federal-provincial Small Communities Fund grant worth $508,232 announced Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

The grant will go toward improving broadband services in the community of Boston Bar by using Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) technologies. GPON’s higher line speed, greater split ratios, and support for triple-play services combine to offer maximum flexibility and cost advantages for service provider deployments. FTTH provides for far faster connection speeds and carrying capacity than twisted pair conductors, DSL or coaxial cable.

The Small Communities Fund is providing just over $87 million to 26 recipients throughout the province.

The Small Communities Fund is part of the New Building Canada Plan, which includes $1 billion for projects in communities with less than 100,000 residents. In B.C., the fund received $109 million from both the provincial and federal governments, for a total of $218 million in infrastructure funding, for projects that support economic growth, a clean environment and stronger communities.

The Province’s contributions through the Small Communities Fund is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen, grow and diversify rural communities. This funding builds on the immediate investments and long-term action plan outlined in B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy that are expected to create over 26,000 jobs and add $2.8 billion to provincial GDP.