Recently, Nova Scotia Dept. of Business and Federal Gov't Dept .of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada have introduced two new Broadband programs to assist municipalities and communities. Both programs seem to be concentrating on Middle Mile (Backbone, Bandwidth, fibre) more so than the last mile.
The Nova Scotia Dept. of Business introduce late November, a new program called Municipal and Community Rural High Speed Internet Funding. This program is to help increase the number of households with access to broadband speeds of 5 Mbps or higher as well connect key pieces of community infrastructure - ie. Community Halls/Centres, Business Hubs etc.
Connect to Innovation program through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will support new "backbone" infrastructure to connect institutions like schools and hospitals with a portion of funding for upgrades and "last-mile" infrastructure to households and businesses.