Minister of Industry Approves CANARIE Plan

Cost-recovery business plan outlines recommendations to complement government investments in research network infrastructure and services

CANARIE Inc., operator of Canada’s Advanced Network for Innovation and Research, today announced that the Minister of Industry, the Honourable Christian Paradis, approved the cost-recovery business plan developed by CANARIE. This approval triggered the release of CANARIE funding for years two and three of its current mandate. CANARIE funding for its current three-year mandate is $62 million.

The cost-recovery recommendations outlined in the plan include direct and indirect cost sharing, cost- reduction initiatives, and fees for advanced network services. Overall, the cost recovery plan calls for $11.72 million in total cost recovery over the course of CANARIE’s mandate.


“I thank the Minister of Industry for his approval of CANARIE’s plan,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “I also heartily thank the many individuals and organizations from our stakeholder community who participated in our consultations, helping ensure the recommendations we made to the Minister were sound and reflected the appropriate balance of support for infrastructure from federal, provincial, and institutional sources.”

“CANARIE’s national and international network linkages are fundamental enablers of world-class, collaborative, data-intensive research, and are a critical component of Canada’s national research and education network,” says Dr. Paul Young, Vice President, Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto. “I am pleased that CANARIE will continue to evolve the national backbone network and that the investments made by connected institutions and provincial and territorial networks were recognized.”


Under the terms of its agreement with the Government of Canada, which provides the majority investment in CANARIE, the organization was required to explore opportunities to complement the government’s investment and investigate cost-recovery options. CANARIE conducted a thorough analysis of alternatives and organized a wide-ranging consultation with members of its stakeholder community.

In developing the cost recovery business plan CANARIE conducted an extensive review of all its programs and services, with a view towards maximizing the impact and effectiveness of government investments. CANARIE will continue to implement fees for its Canadian Access Federation service, implement cost-sharing with provincial and territorial network partners on network infrastructure upgrades and extensions, and charge fees to private sector users of its cloud services, among other initiatives.

During the consultation process, CANARIE investigated the option of levying a fee to research and education institutions (primarily universities and colleges) connected to the CANARIE network. Information gathered through the consultations demonstrated that these institutions are already paying for access to the network through fees to their provincial and territorial networks, and that the balance between institutional, provincial and federal investments in the national research and education network is reasonable. CANARIE will not be levying additional connection fees.

For more information on the consultation process undertaken by CANARIE, please visit our website.

For more information, please contact:

Wynn Anne Sibbald Communications Manager CANARIE
(613) 943-5432


CANARIE designs, delivers, and drives the adoption of digital infrastructure for Canada’s research and education communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve the national ultra- high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada’s high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

CANARIE, together with twelve provincial and territorial network partners, forms Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.