Connected Coast Fibre Optic Cable Installation Project - Victoria Harbour

The proposed project

The Connected Coast Partnership was formed as a joint venture between CityWest and the Strathcona Regional District with public funding and a mandate to design, build and operate the Connected Coast subsea fibre-optic network in coastal British Columbia (BC) (the Project). This fibre network will improve the access, capacity, affordability, and reliability of Internet and other telecom services for residents in rural and remote communities. The cable will come ashore to connect to power infrastructure at over 159 landing sites.


Due to the large geographical extent of the Project, it has been broken into blocks which are further broken into packages. This assessment focuses on federal lands involved in the cable segments connecting the landing sites at Shirley, Victoria Canadian Coast Guard Station, and Sidney, which are part of Block 7-Package 2 of the Project. Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Canadian Coast Guard is a federal authority for the Victoria CCG landing site only as DFO is granting a right of way for the installation of the cable segment within/on the Victoria Canadian Coast Guard base.


Latest update

July 3, 2024 – Authorities issued their Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - July 3, 2024
1 Public Notice - April 3, 2023


Impact Assessment Pacific Region
Transport Canada
Suite 820
800 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2J8

  • Location

    • Victoria (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Connected Coast Partnership
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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