For Canadians living in the country without access to high quality or high performance internet, the ability to take advantage of online opportunities is slim. This is why the CIRA Community Investment Program seeks to provide grants, funding, and infrastructure for providing connective services and operation solutions for Canadians with poor quality internet. This aims to help them lower their costs, and improve the sovereignty they hold over their data. In fact since 2014 alone, CIRA has provided up to $9.2 million in funding, for over 185 projects all across the country. They have grants of up to $100,000 and one up to $250,000 available to fund infrastructure, digital literacy, cyber security, and community leadership programs. The CIRA program also seeks to prioritize and fund programs which benefit students throughout all grade levels, or Northern, rural, and Indigenous communities.
Organizations which are recognized by the Canadian Revenue Agency as either a registered charity, not for profit organization, or academics and researchers who are affiliated with a Canadian university or college. Additionally, the organizations must be based in Canada, and must primarily seek to benefit Canadians.