Connected Coast - Subsea Fibre Optic Cable Project - Public Comments Invited

The Proposed Project

The Connected Coast partnership is seeking funding and permitting from Indigenous Services Canada to install a 3,400 km long subsea fibre optic cable along the BC coast from north of Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii, south to Vancouver and around Vancouver Island. The cable measures approximately 13.5 millimetres by 6.3 millimetres and is surrounded by a high-density polyethylene jacket. In the nearshore area, the cable will be housed within a steel split pipe.The cable system will connect to power infrastructure at approximately 139 landing sites and will improve the access, capacity, affordability, and reliability of internet and other telecom services for residents in rural and remote communities, including 44 First Nation reserves. Key project features on first Nation lands include installation of the cable on foreshore land, requiring a 0.5m wide by 1.5m deep trench in the intertidal zone and backfilling, installation of a below-grade manhole, a cabinet to hold communications equipment and a power pole to provide AC power to the site and network connection by service providers to communities. 



Latest update

The assessment is in progress.



Indigenous Services Canada
Ashley Smith, Senior Environmental Specialist
600-1138 Melville Street, BC V6E4S3
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4S3
Telephone: 236-334-7336

  • Location

    • Various locations (44 First Nation Reserves) (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Strathcona Regional District Connected Coast Network Corporation
  • Authorities

    • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.

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...within 200 kilometres
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