Economic Development Cowichan is seeking public input in the creation of roadmaps to improved internet and cellular connectivity for four of the region’s most underserved communities.
Earlier this year, we launched the Cowichan Internet and Cellular Connectivity Strategy project to determine the region’s connectivity needs and steps for addressing them. The project team undertook a review of the current state of infrastructure and services available in Cowichan, and engaged with the community to uncover our collective vision for the future of connectivity for the region.
Through this process, four underserved communities were prioritized for the development of connectivity roadmaps:
- Thetis & Penelakut Islands
- Cowichan Station
- Ditidaht First Nation
- Cowichan Lake Region
The roadmaps will outline the challenges that each community faces and recommendations for addressing those challenges to achieve improved connectivity.
A series of in-person events is being held from September 13 to 17, one in each of the priority communities. Residents, business leaders, and other impacted parties are invited to attend. Participants will explore ways that connectivity can enhance their community, and discuss barriers that need to be overcome to achieve their digital aspirations. Feedback will help the project team understand the community’s desired digital future and how it might be achieved.
“We’re excited to discover how connectivity and technology can protect and augment what people love about these communities,” said Brittany Taylor, Acting Manager of Economic Development Cowichan. “One community might be interested in using agricultural technology to improve the livelihoods of farmers, while another may want to enable home-based businesses to reach customers around the world. Tourism, emergency response, remote healthcare and education are some other topics that might come up.”
Join the conversation! Register online using the links below or call us at 250.746.7880.
Ditidaht First Nation
Tuesday, September 13 from 5 to 7pm
Virtual option available
Cowichan Lake Region
Wednesday, September 14 from 5 to 7pm
Cowichan Lake Rec Centre, Curling Lounge
Thursday, September 15 from 5 to 7pm
The HUB at Cowichan Station, Heritage Room
Thetis & Penelakut Islands
Saturday, September 17 from 2 to 4pm
Forbes Hall Community Centre, Thetis Island
Virtual option available
Visit planyourcowichan.ca/connect to learn more about the project.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and Island Coastal Economic Trust.