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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

CANARIE has helped more than 1000 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

Eligible users have access to the following free resources for a year (additional resources for nominal fees) for development, testing and trials:

  • 4 virtual cores (vCPUs)
  • 4 virtual machines
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 80 GB storage across 4 file systems
  • 200 GB of object storage
  • NVIDIA GRID Graphical Processor Unit (on an as-needed basis)
  • Native OS: Windows Server 2012 R2, Server 2016 R2, Centos 6.5/7.0, Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 LTS, OpenStack Murano – packaged software
  • “Unlimited” data transfer in, within, and out of DAIR
  • Support

How to Apply

To apply, complete the 1-page form, which only takes 2 minutes, and expect to receive a response to your application within a week.

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.

Additional Resources

Fact Sheet: DAIR
Case Study Page
Video: What can the CANARIE DAIR Cloud do for your business?