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.”

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Help us understand your community’s digital aspirations and what’s holding you back. In this survey, you will explore ways that connectivity can enhance your community, and identify barriers that need to be overcome to achieve your digital goals. The survey mirrors the discussion questions that will be posed during the in-person Community Connectivity Conversation events. We encourage everyone to attend these events in person, if possible. Register here.

    This survey closed on September 20, 2022. Thank you to all those who participated!

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  • This survey is now closed.

    Help us understand the current state of internet and cellular connectivity in Cowichan by completing this survey. The information will be used alongside other data to create a comprehensive coverage map for the entire Cowichan Valley Regional District. The survey will also help us uncover how satisfied residents and businesses are with their current internet and cellular services.

    The survey closed on April 30, 2022. Thank you to all those who participated!

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Page last updated: 22 Sep 2022, 01:49 PM