Type of Program:



Under the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP), CENGN is looking to fund innovative projects across Northern Ontario that demonstrate technology solutions that offer flexible, lower cost, higher performance residential broadband access for Northern Ontario communities. These live technology projects will be funded for 3-6 months, designed to test new technologies and validate business case solutions to improve high-speed internet access to residences within Northern Ontario communities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $500,000 to each Broadband project. 

When It Ends:



January 22, 2021


The applicant must:

  • be a Canadian-based SME,
  • have less than 500 employees, and less than $50M in annual revenue,
  • have a product which is either in market now, or is approaching the end of development.

The company can make productive use of the CENGN testbed to advance its commercialization efforts.

Application Steps:


Through a call for participation, CENGN selects an appropriate community partner whose residents face the connectivity barriers set by the problem statement and the Technical Partner that will deploy and deliver broadband service.


SMEs interested in being project partners complete the form on the CENGN website (see Source 2) and you will be contacted by a member of our business development team within a week.


CENGN selects:

  •  the Technical Partner (Internet Service Provider) which will provide the broadband solution to the problem statement.
  • the Community Partner (Internet Service Provider) as a community that fits as a proper business use case for the problem statement.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    The Government of Ontario Funds the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP). As a part of the NGNP the CENGN Residential Broadband Program provides up to $500,000 of funding to each Broadband project.
  2. 2
    CENGN is the organization entrusted to deliver NGNP and the CENGN Residential Broadband Program.
  3. 3
    No deadline found.
  4. 4
    The Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) fosters industry collaboration, provides access to ultra-high-speed network connectivity, and supports innovation in information and communications technology (ICT) for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within Ontario. The NGNP connects CENGN’s digital infrastructure to innovation hubs across Ontario, allowing SMEs, start-ups and researchers unprecedented access to a state-of-the-art, multi-vendor, open-platform testbed and services to validate innovative products and solutions. This enables the NGNP to assist over 150 Ontario businesses in commercializing their solutions on a global scale.

NOTE: Fewer details available about the program. The page was updated since last verified (beginning of 2021). CENGN program structure changed. This program is now a stream of the Projects program.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


You may also like

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D
Success message!
Warning message!
Error message!