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CANARIE strengthens Canadian leadership in science and technology by delivering digital infrastructure to support world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians.

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Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). Canadians at universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories rely on this ultra high-speed network to collaborate in data-intensive, cutting-edge research and innovation within Canada and with colleagues in over 100 countries.

Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools to accelerate scientific discovery. CANARIE also supports Research Data Canada as it leads national research data management initiatives, and through the Canadian Access Federation, provides identity management services that enable secure, ubiquitous connectivity and content access to the academic community. To boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector, CANARIE offers cloud resources to startups through its DAIR service, and links a powerful community of public and private sector partners in the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the majority of its funding provided by the Government of Canada.


Research, collaboration and innovation. Anytime.


CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for research, education and innovation.

Core Purpose

Advancement of Canada’s knowledge and innovation infrastructure.


CANARIE’s mandate for the period of April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2020 includes the following:

  • Providing an internationally competitive ultra-high speed network for Canada’s research, innovation and advanced education communities;
  • Developing, demonstrating and implementing next generation technologies; and
  • Assisting firms operating in Canada and Canadian institutions to advance innovation and commercialization of products and services to bolster Canada’s technology capabilities.


  • Service: Anticipation of stakeholder needs and reliability in responding to these needs
  • Teamwork: Respect and support for coworkers in a collaborative work environment
  • Innovation: Active contribution to a culture that develops expertise and fosters creativity
  • Quality: Commitment to excellence
  • Integrity: Commitment to ethical and transparent decisions and interactions


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