GEO Connects Program Description

 November 1 – December 16 will be used to test our new programs with our most trusted partners, and give our new staff team a chance to train and practice delivering on our commitment to Digital Inclusion. We will use the feedback and experience to fine-tune the programs and materials prior to a formal launch to start the new year.

What is GEO Connects?

GEO Connects is our way of making sure that cost is not a barrier to being online for low-income Nova Scotians.

Through a network of trusted Referral Partners, we provide people what they need to be online including high-speed home internet access and new devices such as a Chromebook, all at no cost.

How does GEO Connects work?

After going through orientation, registered “Referral Agents” from our network of Referral Partners begin to refer Participants who can’t afford what they need to be online to GEO Nova Scotia.

Participants are provided support by GEO Nova Scotia’s team of Digital Inclusion Facilitators, in coordination with the Referral Agent as needed.

Internet service is guaranteed  at no cost for at least one year. Service beyond one year is subject to an annual needs assessment review and renewal process.

Participants who need support to gain the basic skills to be online get access to one or more Digital Champions from their Referral Partner organization.

Who is eligible?

Participants must face financial challenges and experience digital exclusion because of their financial challenges.

Participants must live in Nova Scotia.

Internet recipients must live in a home that is serviceable by one of our Internet Service Providers.

Budget

Please note: The number of internet accounts and devices available for distribution is limited.

GEO Nova Scotia can provide up to 5 internet accounts and 10 devices in total per Referral Partner.

Referrals under this budget must be submitted by December 16, 2022.

New budgets for GEO Connects Referrals will be distributed to Referral Partners in January.

Glossary:

Referral Partners: Organizations that are in partnership with GEO Nova Scotia to support Participants to be online

Key Person: The individual at a Referral Partner who is the primary contact for GEO Nova Scotia is regards to the GEO Connects Program.

Referral Agents: Staff members at a Referral Partner who are authorized to submit referrals into the GEO Connects program

Digital Champions: Staff and/or volunteers at a Referral Partner who are able to provide some basic 1:1 support for Participants who need it

Participants: Individual who has been referred to the GEO Connects Program for support

Digital Inclusion Facilitators: GEO Nova Scotia team members who work with Referral Agents to deliver the GEO Connects program, and provide training and support to Digital Champions.