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Canadian Access Federation

CANARIE’s Canadian Access Federation (CAF) is the umbrella organization for two identity and access management services: eduroam and Federated Identity Management (FIM).

Participation in CAF enhances the user experience of researchers, students and faculty while delivering meaningful cost and process efficiencies to the IT departments of institutions and service providers.


Participation in CAF delivers meaningful cost and process efficiencies to institutions’ IT departments, end users (researchers, students and faculty), and content owners alike:

Students, Researchers, and Faculty

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Students, researchers, and faculty whose institutions participate in CAF can use their home credentials to seamlessly access trusted content, services, and applications anytime, from any place. If your institution is eduroam-enabled, you can also seamlessly access Wi-Fi through eduroam at over 17,000 locations in 100 countries worldwide – without ever having to enter your username or password.

Academic and Research Institutions

Through its FIM service, CAF allows institutions to rapidly expand the range of services available to their users while minimizing the load on IT resources. eduroam enables institutions to seamlessly give Wi-Fi access to visiting students, researchers, and faculty – without having to create and manage guest accounts.

Content/Service/Application Providers

CAF makes it easy for content, service, and application providers to reach the Canadian research and education community by eliminating the need to create and manage end-user accounts.  The students and faculty of institutions that participate in CAF will be able to access your content, services, and applications by simply using their home credentials. Organizations that serve the Canadian research and education community may also be eligible to become an eduroam Service Provider and broadcast the eduroam Wi-Fi service from their site(s).

CAF Participation Fees

Participating Organizations

For academic institutions, fees are determined by the full-time equivalent (FTE) student count as published by Statistics Canada, where available (each full-time student = 1 FTE and each part-time student = 0.5 FTE). The use of Statistics Canada data ensures a consistent, institution-sanctioned reporting mechanism to determine pricing for academic institutions participating in CAF. For non-academic institutions and/or in cases where annual Statistics Canada data is not available, CANARIE will validate FTE count estimates provided by the participating organization.

The fees in the tiers below correspond to the operational resources and infrastructure required to effectively deliver CAF services to organizations of all sizes.

Fees include all eduroam and Federated Identity Management services, including eduroam Visitor Access (eVA), to be launched Summer 2019.

Tier FTEs CANARIE Members* Non-CANARIE Members
1 1 – 4,999 $0 $2,600
2 5,000 – 9,999 $400 $3,000
3 10,000-19,999 $3,400 $6,000
4 20,000-34,999 $6,400 $9,000
5 35,000 and over $11,400 $14,000

* CANARIE members may apply their annual member discount of $2,600 toward CAF participation fees.

Please note: the member discount may only be applied to one CANARIE program or service per year. If a member is eligible for more than one CANARIE program, the member may select the program to which the annual discount should be applied.

Content/Service/Application Providers

CAF Participation fees for organizations that offer service(s)/content/applications to CAF participants are detailed below.  CANARIE is pleased to waive participation fees for non-profit service providers, as well as for eligible organizations that provide access to the eduroam service at their site(s).

Participation Type CANARIE Members* Non-CANARIE Members
FIM Service Providers with more than 20 employees or not headquartered in Canada $0 $2,600
FIM Service Providers with 20 or fewer employees AND with headquarters in Canada $0 $0
Non-Profit FIM Service Providers $0 $0
eduroam Service Providers $0 $0

* CANARIE members may apply their annual member discount of $2,600 toward CAF participation fees.

Please note: the member discount may only be applied to one CANARIE program or service per year. If a member is eligible for more than one CANARIE program, the member may select the program to which the annual discount should be applied.

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Additional Resources

Fact Sheet: Canadian Access Federation
Case Study: Breaking Boundaries and Strengthening Collaboration
Case Study: User Authentication in the Fast Lane: eduroam as your primary campus SSID
White Paper: eduroam…the only campus wireless network you need