Upgrade Single Tower & New Fibre Installation

Upgrade (Single) Tower

TELUS Communications Company is proposing the addition of a 2-3 in meters height antenna, in the 850,1900, 700, 2100, 2600, 600, 2100 MHz frequency band, mounted at the top of an existing 35 in meters tower which is located on NAZCO 20. The antenna will be installed to improve network access to high-speed internet. In the future, the existing tower may have other antennas and other radiocommunication equipment added or replaced.


New Fibre Installation

TELUS Communications Company plans to install underground fiber optic cabling, for Internet purposes, to all residential homes in the communities Alkali Lake (Esk'etemc), Lac la Hache, Williams Lake, Mahood Falls, McLeese Lake, Wildwood, 150 Mile House, 108 Mile Ranch, and Bridge Lake. The project involves the installation of approximately 438 km of underground and aerial fiber optic cable within various locations.

The cable will be buried by directional drilling, trenching, or using existing conduits, or a combination of these methods in existing roadway alignments, but will be suspended on support structures to connect to residential homes and businesses.


Latest update

Notice of Determination


April  22, 2024 - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has determined that the proposed project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


This determination was based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • relevant potential environmental effects;
  • comments received from the public; and
  • technically and economically feasible mitigation measures.


Mitigation and monitoring measures taken into account for this determination included active and adaptive management measures that would be implemented for the protection of the local environment. Based on the consideration of these measures, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is satisfied that that the carrying out of the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Therefore, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada may carry out the project, exercise any power, perform any duty or function, or provide financial assistance to enable the project to be carried out in whole or in part.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - April 22, 2024
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - March 21, 2024


Innovation Science Economic Development Canada
Sean Popal, Project Officer, Universal Broadband Fund
235 Queen Street
1st Floor West Tower, CD Howe Building
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5
Email: Get-connected-brachez-vous@ised-isde.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Project Site 1: Alkali Lake 1 (British Columbia)
    • Project Site 2: Nazco 20 (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    TELUS Communications Company
  • Authorities

    • Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • 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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