zorba tower

Network BC





Blackcomb Helicopters


Network BCNDIT
TELUS Business

Digital Canada 150 is the new 2015 Federal program to improve internet bandwidth & reliability in rural Canada. As part of this program, Minto received funding in 2015/2016/2017 from the following sources to bring faster & more reliable internet to the Bridge River Valley.

$52,517 - Industry Canada
$71,414 - Network BC/Northern Development Initiative Trust
$ 7,000 - Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Area A
$10,698 - SLRD Electoral Area A Gas Tax Community Works
$10,000 - TELUS Communications Business
$ 5,000 - BC Hydro

Minto received a provincial grant in April 2010 from Network BC for a total of $148,500 to upgrade/complete infrastructure in the Gun Lake, Tyaughton Lake and Gold Bridge communities. A federal grant to match it from Industry Canada was awarded soon after.

Minto received the following donations in 2008:

$ 5,000 - Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa
$ 5, 000 - TLH Heliskiing
$ 1, 000 - BC Hydro
$25,000 - SLRD*

* The Squamish Lillooet Regional District provided $5000 for each community in the BRV that receives high speed internet service. In 2008 we provided service to Gun Lake and Tyaughton Lake. In the spring of 2009 to Gold Bridge. Gun Creek Rd and Bralorne were serviced in 2011.

Funding in the early years was received from BC Hydro, Lillooet Timbermart, Coast Concrete, Minto TV Society, Citizens on Patrol, TRIUMF, BRV Contracting, Demka Management, Gold Bridge Hotel, Moose Web Design, Helen Kier, Heather Murray, JT Tremblay, Ken Robinson, Kevin Smith, Mike Jensen, The Kirk's. Minto would also like to thank Blackcomb Helicopters for their generous donation of helicopter time to erect the mountain top towers.

Residents of Gun Lake provided $20,000 in personal loans to the Society to fund the launch the network in 2008.