About Us

CANARIE connects Canada to the world. Our programs equip researchers, students, and startups in Canada to excel on the global stage. 

Together with our 13 provincial and territorial partners, we form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This ultra-high-speed network connects Canada’s researchers, educators, and innovators to each other and to global data, technology, and colleagues. 

To strengthen the security of Canada’s research and education sector, we collaborate with our partners in the NREN, government, academia, and the private sector to fund, implement, and support cybersecurity initiatives. We also provide identity management services to the academic community and boost Canada’s startups with cloud resources and expertise in emerging technologies. 

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

We respectfully acknowledge that CANARIE’s office is located on unceded territories of the Algonquin nation and pay tribute to the traditional territories where our staff across Canada live and work. We at CANARIE honour the wisdom, stories, and courage of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, the guardians of these lands.

By the Numbers

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Number of Canadian startups that have used CANARIE’s DAIR Cloud to build and test new products and services

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Number of CANARIE-funded Research Software tools that accelerate and discovery, free for use by the research community

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Annual traffic, in Terabytes, carried by the CANARIE network in 2021-22

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Length of CANARIE’s coast-to-coast ultra-high-speed research and education network

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Canadian higher-ed institutions that are participating in the Canadian Access Federation (CAF)

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Number of eduroam Wi-Fi log-ins that CANARIE manages each year, making it possible for students and faculty to learn, collaborate, and research while roaming away from their home institution

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increase in traffic on the CANARIE Network between 2018-2022

Mission

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

Vision

Research, collaboration and innovation. Anytime.

Core Purpose

Advancement of Canada’s knowledge and innovation infrastructure.

Values

Service

Anticipating our stakeholders’ needs and being reliable in responding to these needs

Teamwork

Respecting and supporting our coworkers in a collaborative work environment

Inclusion

Welcoming each individual to be their whole selves, and embracing each person’s unique attributes and lived experiences

Innovation

Actively contributing to a culture that develops expertise and fosters creativity

Quality

Dedicated to excellence in all we do

Integrity

A shared commitment to ethical and transparent decisions and interactions

We are working together on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Our goal is to create an inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for our staff, partners, and stakeholders. We’re committed to building a workplace that reflects the beauty of diversity in Canada, while enabling equitable access to our programs and services.  

Through an organization-wide commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, we’ve embraced a culture of learning and un-learning that has helped us define opportunities for ongoing improvement. Spanning all CANARIE teams, we’ve committed to personal and corporate actions that contribute to a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canada. We are: 

  • Committing to ongoing learning and actions that contribute to Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous brothers and sisters 
  • Recognizing and learning about cultural days that are significant for our team 
  • Evolving our internal policies to support staff volunteer opportunities and work toward equity, diversity, and inclusion 
  • Developing codes of conduct for our suppliers and staff 
  • Reviewing our HR policies and recruitment practices 
  • Evolving our program reach to under-served communities across Canada 
  • Providing ongoing training and development on topics that support equity, diversity, and inclusion for our staff, Board, and partner organizations 

Stronger Together: A shared commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion across Canada’s research and education community  

Together, with the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (the Alliance), we’ve formed a joint EDI working group to advance initiatives supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion at both organizations. As an initial step to guide our collaborations, we worked together to develop a shared commitment: 

  1. We will build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities and country that we serve.  
  2. We will embrace empathy and understanding to create an accessible, equitable, and inclusive culture.  
  3. We will welcome and support each person’s whole and authentic self through encouraging diversity of thought and providing a safe environment for learning and growth. 
  4. We will be courageous in our conversations, and we will seek to learn and unlearn together. 
  5. We commit to this journey and will hold ourselves accountable as we move forward. 

Priorities

Our 2020-24 mandate from the Government of Canada (through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) includes 3 main priorities:

  • 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.

We’re grateful to the contribution of the Government of Canada, the engagement of our partners, and, the dedication of our team to help us successfully complete our 2015-2020 mandate.

Our first
25 years…

In 2018, we celebrated our first 25 years, starting with the origins of the Internet in Canada. 

We are excited for what the next 25 years will bring.