About Us

CANARIE connects Canadians to each other and to the world. Our programs equip Canadian researchers, students, and startups to excel on the global stage.

Together with our thirteen 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.

Beyond the network, we fund and promote the development of software for research and national efforts to manage data generated from research. 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, we are a non-profit corporation, with most of our funding provided by the Government of Canada.

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


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


Annual traffic, in Terabytes, carried by the CANARIE network in 2019-20

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


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


increase in traffic on the CANARIE Network between 2016-2020


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


Research, collaboration and innovation. Anytime.

Core Purpose

Advancement of Canada’s knowledge and innovation infrastructure.



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


Respecting and supporting our coworkers in a collaborative work environment


Actively contributing to a culture that develops expertise and fosters creativity


Dedicated to excellence in all we do


A shared commitment to ethical and transparent decisions and interactions


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.

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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.