CANARIE Connection Policy
This policy covers those who may physically connect to the CANARIE network infrastructure subject to the guidelines in this document. This policy is not retroactive; connections which existed prior to its creation are unaffected (“legacy”).
Organizations must connect to CANARIE via the National Research and Education Network (NREN) partner in their province or territory, with the following exceptions
- Any federal organization in the Ottawa/Gatineau region has the option of connecting via Shared Services Canada.
- Direct connections to CANARIE may be granted to organizations that require a service that is not provided by an NREN partner or Shared Services Canada.
- International partners may connect directly to CANARIE or to an NREN partner based on the locality of the respective points of presence (PoP).
In all cases, connections are made to CANARIE network infrastructure in consultation with the local NREN partner or Shared Services Canada.
- Organizations are encouraged to use the NREN partner in their province or territory to gain access to a CANARIE PoP.
- The NREN partner may charge fees and may have their own Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for access to the PoP. These fees and AUPs are established by the NREN partner and reflect local costs, funding arrangements, and other factors.
- If an organization cannot come to an agreement to connect to Shared Services Canada or an NREN partner, it can apply to CANARIE to create and operate a PoP directly connected to the CANARIE Network. Such PoPs must be approved by CANARIE in consultation with the NREN Governance Committee (made up of representatives of the NREN). The applicant must bear all costs of the PoP and any additional costs imposed upon CANARIE to connect such a PoP.