CANARIE Network

The CANARIE Network connects Canadians to each other and to the rest of the world.

As the ultra high-speed backbone of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN), the CANARIE Network connects provincial and territorial networks to each other and to global research and education networks.

If you’re a Canadian researcher or post-secondary student, it’s…

  • how you collaborate on research projects with your peers in Whitehorse, St. John’s, and Victoria – and all points in between,
  • how you participate in virtual classrooms,
  • how you share massive data sets amongst your teams,
  • how you connect to high-performance computing sites around the country and to scientific instruments and labs around the world.

The CANARIE Network is vital to Canadian leadership in research and discovery and is available to millions of students and researchers at 700+ connected Canadian academic institutions and scientific facilities! It stretches more than 31,000 km across Canada, from as far north as Inuvik, NT, and from Beaver Creek, YT, to St. John’s, NL.

Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, science facilities, and other academic & research centres connect to the CANARIE Network by connecting directly to our provincial and territorial NREN partners.

How fast is the CANARIE Network?

200 gigabits per second…thousands of times faster than the fastest commercial networks available at homes or offices!

At 200 gigabits per second, you could download a 4-hour 4K movie in one second.

How much data does the CANARIE Network transfer?

In 2019, the CANARIE Network carried over 393 petabytes (PB) of data!

How much is 393 PB? It’s 2.9 billion gigabytes (GB). It would take you nearly 1,000 years to watch 393 petabytes worth of 4K HD movies, back-to-back.

Check out the top 30 users of the CANARIE Network

Connect to the CANARIE Network

Connect to the CANARIE Network

Connecting to the CANARIE Network is almost exclusively through our provincial or territorial partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN).

Learn more and find your provincial or territorial NREN contact

Network Services

Network Services

Institutions connected to Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN) can also benefit from additional services delivered by the CANARIE Network.

Learn more about additional services available through the CANARIE Network

MOXY Global Exchange Point for Research and Education

MOXY Global Exchange Point for Research and Education

Located in Montreal, MOXY is Canada’s first Global Exchange Point for research and education. Operated by CANARIE and operationally supported by NORDUnet, MOXY provides an international gateway for the Canadian research and education community.

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Network Monitoring Tools

Network Monitoring Tools

Self-serve monitoring and diagnostics tools give insight about CANARIE Network activities, including traffic stats, current outages, and scheduled maintenance.

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Support

Support

Our team is here to help. Find the appropriate contacts for our Network Operations Centre and see the status of scheduled maintenance.

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A truly global collaboration

To connect Canadian researchers to the world and enable international research initiatives, CANARIE’s resilient, fully redundant Network connects to four global research and education exchanges:

When researchers around the world collaborate, the CANARIE Network is integral in transferring their data between exchange points that connect North America to global research and education networks in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America…so that Canadians benefit from the collaborative spirit that underpins NREN relationships among our global network partners.

Program News

October 28, 2021

Canada’s National Research and Education Network Bolsters Security

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November 30, 2020

Announcing a New, National Program to Fund Cybersecurity Initiatives Across Canada’s Research and Education Sector

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November 24, 2020

A Celebration of Collaboration, Determination, and Innovation Among Canada’s Research and Education Communities

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