Cowichan Internet & Cellular Connectivity Strategy

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The Project

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is undertaking a project to better understand the state of internet and cell phone connectivity in the region, so that we can create a strategy to meet our connectivity needs long into the future. This project is being led by staff from the CVRD’s Economic Development Division (Economic Development Cowichan or EDC), and a consultant, IBI Group, has been hired to augment the work.

On this page you will also find links and information to help you better understand connectivity and how it impacts our daily lives.


Community Connectivity Conversations

We’re creating roadmaps to improved internet and cellular connectivity for 4 of Cowichan’s most underserved communities:

  • Ditidaht First Nation
  • Cowichan Lake Region
  • Cowichan Station
  • Thetis & Penelakut Islands

In September 2022, we hosted sessions in each of these communities to help understand their digital aspirations and what’s holding them back. We explored ways that connectivity can enhance these community, and discussed barriers that need to be overcome to achieve their digital goals. Thank you to all those who participated! A summary of what we heard will be posted to this page in the coming weeks.


Regional Connectivity Strategy

In April 2022, Economic Development Cowichan conducted a survey, idea boards, and a mapping exercise that gave users an opportunity to tell us about their connectivity experiences and aspirations for the future. We also hosted a virtual open house that explored the ins and outs of connectivity, and the current state of connectivity in Cowichan. Attendees participated in an exercise to uncover why connectivity is important to residents and businesses in Cowichan, which was designed to help the CVRD develop a vision for the future of connectivity for the region. We would like to thank all those who participated!

The recording of the open house is available to view here: https://youtu.be/oWyruwEuK_0.

Results of the regional engagement are available here: https://www.planyourcowichan.ca/29339/widgets/125189/documents/81619.

As a result of these engagements, the CVRD Board approved the following vision for the future of connectivity in Cowichan:

“The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a connected community, with an appropriate and efficient mix of technologies deployed throughout the region that provides affordable access to connectivity services for all homes and businesses. Connectivity enhances the livability of our communities by enabling business, employment, health care, education, security, and social and family connections for residents of all backgrounds and income levels.”

The Project

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is undertaking a project to better understand the state of internet and cell phone connectivity in the region, so that we can create a strategy to meet our connectivity needs long into the future. This project is being led by staff from the CVRD’s Economic Development Division (Economic Development Cowichan or EDC), and a consultant, IBI Group, has been hired to augment the work.

On this page you will also find links and information to help you better understand connectivity and how it impacts our daily lives.


Community Connectivity Conversations

We’re creating roadmaps to improved internet and cellular connectivity for 4 of Cowichan’s most underserved communities:

  • Ditidaht First Nation
  • Cowichan Lake Region
  • Cowichan Station
  • Thetis & Penelakut Islands

In September 2022, we hosted sessions in each of these communities to help understand their digital aspirations and what’s holding them back. We explored ways that connectivity can enhance these community, and discussed barriers that need to be overcome to achieve their digital goals. Thank you to all those who participated! A summary of what we heard will be posted to this page in the coming weeks.


Regional Connectivity Strategy

In April 2022, Economic Development Cowichan conducted a survey, idea boards, and a mapping exercise that gave users an opportunity to tell us about their connectivity experiences and aspirations for the future. We also hosted a virtual open house that explored the ins and outs of connectivity, and the current state of connectivity in Cowichan. Attendees participated in an exercise to uncover why connectivity is important to residents and businesses in Cowichan, which was designed to help the CVRD develop a vision for the future of connectivity for the region. We would like to thank all those who participated!

The recording of the open house is available to view here: https://youtu.be/oWyruwEuK_0.

Results of the regional engagement are available here: https://www.planyourcowichan.ca/29339/widgets/125189/documents/81619.

As a result of these engagements, the CVRD Board approved the following vision for the future of connectivity in Cowichan:

“The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a connected community, with an appropriate and efficient mix of technologies deployed throughout the region that provides affordable access to connectivity services for all homes and businesses. Connectivity enhances the livability of our communities by enabling business, employment, health care, education, security, and social and family connections for residents of all backgrounds and income levels.”

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Mapping Exercise

5 months

We need your help to identify connectivity challenges and opportunities across Cowichan!

Do you know of a community gathering place, such as a cafe or trailhead, that could really use a free Wi-Fi hotspot? Mark it on the map! Or maybe there's a section of highway you travel often that has no cell service, making it difficult to reach emergency responders if an accident occurs. Let us know! 

Click the + button and use different coloured pins to mark Wi-Fi hotspots, cell phone dead zones, and other opportunities and challenges. Be sure to include a brief comment about your idea.

This mapping exercise is now closed.
Page last updated: 22 Sep 2022, 01:49 PM