CIRA launches new $1 million Community Investment Program, hopes to “make the Internet better for all Canadians”

The internet is a busy place. According to the CRTC’s (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) latest Communications Monitoring Report shows that 99% of Canadians have access to an internet connection.

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has launched a new Community Investment Program (CIP) that aims to make the internet better for all Canadians. CIRA will be investing up to $1 million over the next year and plans to disburse the funds to projects between $20,000 to $100,000. CIRA says anyone can participate — specifically community groups, not-for-profits, and academic institutions — and to potentially qualify for the cash the proposal must articulate how it’ll benefit the Internet in Canada. Applications to enter this program starts on February 3rd until February 28th.

Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA, said “We have always championed initiatives that help Canadians take full advantage of the Internet as one of the greatest drivers of positive social and economic change the world has seen in recent memory. With the CIP, we will take this many steps further by making strategic investments that will help other stakeholder groups make the Internet better for all Canadians.”

CIRA, according to their website, shows 2,190,392 .ca domains names have been registered to-date.

Ian Hardy

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