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For Entrepreneurs

DAIR (Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research) leverages Canada’s investment in the CANARIE national backbone research and education network to accelerate product development and market competitiveness of small and medium-sized Canadian companies. DAIR provides Canadian tech entrepreneurs access to free cloud-based (virtual) compute and storage resources.


CANARIE’s DAIR Program lets you:

  • Rev up product development and get to market faster
  • Reduce your product development costs
  • Show your prototype quickly to potential customers and investors
  • Have the freedom and flexibility to experiment in your design and development, to discover the optimal way to build your product

Compared to commercial cloud service offerings, DAIR provides high-performance resources and the assurance that your data stays in Canada…at no cost.

CANARIE has helped more than 600 Canadian start-ups take their ideas to the cloud. Read our Case Studies to learn more about the benefits that businesses like yours have seen after using DAIR. Current users leverage DAIR to develop, test, and demonstrate a range of products, including offerings in mobile applications, multimedia offerings, IT security systems, and many more.

Any Canadian small or medium-size company (< 500 employees) may apply to DAIR to develop, test, or demonstrate pre-revenue, pre-production products.

What You Get

DAIR gives entrepreneurs free self-serve access to 4 high performance virtual servers. By comparison, a year of using similar resources on commercial cloud providers could cost thousands of dollars.

How to Apply

To submit your application, simply register as a new user or sign in using the button above. Complete the 1-page form, which only takes 2 minutes, and expect to receive a response to your application within a week. Once your application is accepted, your DAIR account will be immediately set-up and ready for use.

See an example of a completed application here.

Application Review Procedure

Organizations MUST apply to the DAIR Program electronically by clicking on the “Apply to DAIR” button in the sidebar on the right of this page.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but in the event that the DAIR Program is over-subscribed, qualified applications will be served in the order that they are received. Applications will be reviewed within a week.


Interested in applying but still have a few questions? Read the DAIR Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, simply contact dair@canarie.ca and you will receive a response in the next couple of days.

Send us your feedback! We want to hear how DAIR can help take your business further!

Additional Resources

Fact Sheet: DAIR
Case Study Page

Video: What can the CANARIE DAIR cloud do for your business?
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Video: DAIR Demo