What do we fund?
CIRA aims to increase the number of Canadians who have access to a high-quality and high-performing internet.
We fund connectivity research, core infrastructure, last-mile connectivity services and operational solutions that increase performance, lower costs and improve data sovereignty.
- High-speed fibre optic installation connecting underserviced remote and rural communities in Winnipeg’s Metropolitan region
- Supporting infrastructure growth at Saskatoon Internet Exchange (YXEIX) by installing a second peering location in the heart of Saskatoon's business and financial district
- High-speed internet connectivity to two small francophone communities on the Port au Port Peninsula in Newfoundland
- Installing a wireless network accessible by every household in Samson Cree First Nation, Alberta
CIRA aims to improve digital literacy knowledge and skills among Canadians.
We fund research, educational frameworks, learning resources, tools and training programs to improve Canadians’ digital literacy knowledge and skills.
- Providing elementary and high school teachers across Canada with a handbook and training on how to incorporate accessible artificial intelligence (AI) lessons in their classrooms
- Research and focus groups to determine the kinds of resources teachers, parents and civic organizations need to help young Canadians lead healthy online lives
- After-school and camps program to improve girls' digital skills
- Guidebook and online resource 'Your Data at the Border' to help Canadians protect privacy and personal data when travelling
CIRA is focused on increasing Canadians’ cybersecurity knowledge and safety from threats.
We fund research, educational frameworks, tools and training programs that increase Canadians’ online safety.
- Developing a culturally relevant cybersecurity research, education and knowledge framework for Indigenous communities
- Creating and publishing children’s stories on online privacy protection to teach children themes of cybersecurity, reputation protection and cyber-bullying – in French and English
- Digital security awareness training for francophone civil society
- Digital security training for journalists and human rights workers
CIRA aims to engage, support and strengthen a vibrant and resilient internet community domestically and globally.
We fund events and policy research that broaden public awareness and understanding of domestic internet policy and governance.
- Digital Access Day - Convening NGOs, Governments, Educational Institutions, and Tech Sector for National Conversation about Canada’s Digital Divide and Solutions
- Advocating for increased digital access for low-income communities
- Online platform to educate Canadians about the impact and value of municipal broadband in urban, rural, and remote communities
- Shaping digital policy to support community broadband with remote First Nations
What we don't fund
When you are considering whether to apply to CIRA for a grant, please be aware of our funding restrictions.
We do not fund the following:
Projects focused on online services – i.e., building online apps and platforms that address social, economic and/or environmental needs*
Schools, libraries and municipalities, except where they are applying as a registered charity or non-profit organization
Requests focused solely on travel and expenses to attend conferences
Projects focused on website design, development and deployment
Proposals that provide generic IT training and/or equipment to support such training
More than 25% of project budget for equipment, except for Infrastructure projects
- End user equipment for individual use (e.g., personal and/or mobile devices, CPE, etc.) – any equipment must stay with the applicant organization or institution
- General fundraising appeals
- Ongoing core operations (e.g., permanent staff salaries, administrative functions such as firewalls and intranets, etc.)
- Retrospective costs
- Marketing or research associated with marketing activities
- Projects whose main focus is outside of Canada.
*Online Services is a past funding focus area of the Community Investment Program that has been discontinued.
Who is eligible?
Organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities
Academics and researchers affiliated with a Canadian university or college