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Free public #VanWiFi access added to more locations

December 22 2015

VanWifi is now available

Free public Wi-Fi access (#VanWiFi) is now available at 21 civic locations throughout Vancouver thanks to additional sites installed in the past two months.

You can now enjoy free public Wi-Fi access on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop at all of these locations, with service expanding in the coming months to an additional 22 sites.

New #VanWifi locations

The additional locations include:

The above 15 locations are in addition to the first six that were installed earlier this year at the Mount Pleasant, Champlain Heights, Coal Harbour, and Roundhouse community centres, plus the Langara and Fraserview golf course club houses.

How to connect

To connect to #VanWiFi at these locations:

  1. Select the #VanWiFi network name from your device's Wi-Fi settings menu
  2. Open your browser and you will be automatically re-directed to the #Wi-Fi terms and conditions page. Read and then click the button to accept the terms and conditions.
  3. You will be re-directed to the #VanWiFi home page and are then connected to the internet.

Project background

In total, 43 civic locations will have free-public Wi-Fi. This includes 27 community centres, four outdoor pools, four civic facilities, three public golf courses, three theatres and two marinas. The remaining 22 sites will go live next year.

The City implemented a procurement process to solicit applications from telecommunications service providers to provide free public Wi-Fi. In April, TELUS was awarded the contract to install free public Wi-Fi at the 43 locations at no cost to the City.

The City chose locations that would address economic development opportunities, bridge the digital divide, enhance emergency response capacity, and address competitive pressures.

A broadly deployed public Wi-Fi network aligns with Initiative Four of the City of Vancouver's Digital Strategy: Infrastructure and Assets Pillar, which calls for "expanded digital access throughout the city".

Not only is a broadly deployed public Wi-Fi network identified by the Digital Strategy as a key indicator of a digital city, it also aligns with the Tourism Vancouver Master Plan and the Vancouver Economic Action Strategy.

Learn more about the City's digital initiatives