Nova Scotia Expands Satellite Internet Rebate, Includes SpaceX Starlink

Nova Scotia has announced plans to expand a rebate for satellite internet service to more residents of the remote region.

The Satellite Internet Service Rebate program in Nova Scotia is opening applications from residents and business owners, expected to benefit as many as 2,200 more businesses and individuals, according to an update shared on Thursday. The figure will be added to 3,700 individuals and businesses already announced as beneficiaries of the program.

Economic Development Minister Susan Corkum-Greek said, “Our government committed to extending internet access to every household in Nova Scotia and closing the connection gaps.” Corkum-Greek continued, “This expansion is about levelling the playing field so that Nova Scotians who are the furthest out from gaining access to internet can get connected more quickly.”

The expansion is being offered to those who aren’t expected to receive wired or wireless internet until December 2023.

The program pays for installation costs up to a maximum of $1,000 CAD. It largely includes expansion to areas in Pictou County that may not gain high-speed internet access until 2024, at the very least.

Those who want to check eligibility for the program can do so by visiting this site and entering their home or business location.

Currently, SpaceX’s Starlink kit costs $759 CAD in Canada, plus $65 CAD in shipping and handling, along with its $140 CAD per month service fee.

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet has been expanding significantly across the world, most recently becoming operational in Moldova and Nigeria.