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National Research and Education Network

CANARIE and its twelve provincial and territorial partners collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers, educators and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the discoveries that shape our lives.


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Canada’s NREN is essential for Canadian participation in data-intensive, collaborative research. The enormous volume of data that is transmitted over the network, and the need to connect with international peers and resources available only through global NREN partners, positions Canada’s NREN as critical 21st century infrastructure supporting home-grown knowledge creation and innovation.

NREN partners provide the ultra-high-speed connections directly to institutions within their province or territory. The provincial and territorial networks connect to the CANARIE national backbone to enable collaboration with peers across the country and more than 100 global research and education networks.

CANARIE supports and strengthens its NREN partners through the National Research and Education Network (NREN) Program to ensure the consistent technical evolution of the NREN, so that all Canadians benefit from the technological innovations and discoveries that are at the heart of the knowledge economy.

Click here to contact an NREN partner and learn how to connect to Canada’s ultra-high-speed network.


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NREN Partners


ACORN-NL | Atlantic Canada Organization of Research Networks, Newfoundland and Labrador

ACORN-NL is dedicated to the implementation and formalization of a regional advanced network in Newfoundland and Labrador that will link the post-secondary institutions, their major research centres and the K-12 system.


ACORN-NS | Atlantic Canada Organization of Research Networks, Nova Scotia

ACORN-NS promotes the development and operation of advanced network infrastructure and services in support of health, research, and education, for the growth of a knowledge-based economy and society in Nova Scotia.


Aurora College

Aurora College provides advanced-network services for the Northwest Territories.


BCNET | Shared IT services for higher education and research in British Columbia

BCNET is a not-for-profit, shared IT services organization that collaborates with its higher education members to explore and evaluate leading-edge information technology services to accelerate research, collaboration, learning and innovation. BCNET’s high-capacity, advanced fibre optic network infrastructure provides a common and powerful platform to deliver services to support research and the strategic objectives of higher education institutions.

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E-infrastructure — also called cyberinfrastructure — is the advanced system of networks and computers that was created by and for university research. It is the vanguard of the Internet. This publicly funded backbone of the Internet requires a neutral expert organization to oversee its development, as well as help pilot new projects “above-the-network”, to make us more enterprising. In Alberta, Cybera is the not-for-profit organization with this mandate.



MRnet is Manitoba’s Regional Advanced Research and Education Network. MRnet provides a very-high-speed, fibre optic network linking its research and education members to the world’s R&E networks. The MRnet network is provided to support research, education and advanced application development among Manitoba’s research, education and industry organizations.

Educational Computer Network (ECN)

The ECN provides a sustainable, economical, and reliable high speed network platform to educational and research organizations throughout the region. The network connects every part of the area with every other, along with other research and innovation networks across Canada and around the world. The ECN is a model of collaboration and shared services across this geographically, economically, and linguistically diverse province.


ORION | Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network

As Ontario’s backbone of innovation, Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) is one of the largest not for profit Research and Education (R & E) networks in the world. ORION connects all of Ontario’s colleges and universities, several teaching hospitals, public research facilities, and a growing number of Ontario’s school boards to one another and to a global network of R&E connections. In addition to providing the world’s fastest R&E broadband connection – they are a research and innovation partner for their members. Through their technology and support, ORION constantly strives to keep Ontario on the leading edge of innovation. Follow them on Twitter @ORIONNetwork.

Prince Edward Island Advanced Network

CANARIE’s advanced network connects Island researchers, teachers, and students and their counterparts across Canada and around the world.


RISQ | Quebec Scientific Information Network

As a not-for-profit organization, the Quebec Scientific Information Network (RISQ) is a private telecommunications network that serves the education sector in Quebec for its training needs and research since 1989.

Endowed with a high capacity vanguard infrastructure, its network covers approximately 6,000 kilometers across Quebec and reaches about 750 000 students, teachers and other employees. Created to provide innovative and responsive to the needs of its members solutions, RISQ offers them the best rate that provides shared resources and services, in accordance with its not-for-profit status.

RISQ also acts as an information, coordination and expertise forum. By promoting exchanges and cooperation between educational and research institutions, RISQ is a valuable resource for Quebec.


SRnet | Saskatchewan Research Network

SRnet (Saskatchewan Research Network Inc.) is a not-for-profit research and education network, the Saskatchewan member of Canada’s advanced network alliance. SRnet provides dedicated high speed network (10 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 100 Mbps) access to institutions and companies across Saskatchewan that use it for their research and education activities.

Yukon College

Yukon College

Yukon College and CANARIE provide a vital link between students and researchers in the Yukon with national and international educational and research networks.  Developing capacity for Northern research is a priority for both the Federal and Territorial governments as well as Yukon First Nations.  The Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College facilitates the efforts of Yukon communities to enhance their education opportunities, it encourages collaboration with collaboration with First Nations, it provides the infrastructure necessary to attract and retain students and researchers, and it expands the opportunities for northern research and innovation.   At the same time, Yukon College allows Yukoners to share their research, rooted in the territory’s diverse culture and northern environment, with the rest of the Nation and the world.