[Ottawa, Ontario 23 January 2012] CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network, today announced further results from an economic benefits analysis conducted by Nordicity Group Ltd. and Bytown Consulting. The study’s authors concluded that federal government investments in CANARIE have created 820 full-time equivalent jobs per year since CANARIE’s founding in 1993.

CANARIE operates Canada’s ultra-high speed network, thousands of times faster than the Internet, which enables world-class research and discovery at universities, colleges, research hospitals, government labs and private sector research facilities across the country. CANARIE also funds the development of software to enable wider access to research data and tools.

“The job-creating effects of CANARIE are in addition to the fundamental role we play in enabling advanced, data- intensive research, discovery and innovation,” says Jim Roche, President and CEO of CANARIE. “The findings of this report clearly demonstrate that investments in advanced digital infrastructure, like CANARIE, have wide-ranging, positive economic and social effects.”

The purpose of the economic benefits analysis is to quantify the economic impact of CANARIE, as both a research and education network and a funding body. The Government of Canada provides CANARIE with five-year mandates and funding to achieve its objectives. The current mandate expires in 2012.

The study’s authors drew upon data obtained from CANARIE; a literature review; an online survey of chief information officers, vice-presidents of research, and principal investigators at Canadian universities; and a review of existing empirical research of the relationship between research and development outputs and economic performance. The study concluded that:

  • The GDP impacts attributable to CANARIE supported a total of 820 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs within the Canadian economy on an annualized basis;
  • This total included 260 FTEs supported by CANARIE investments in the research and education network and its funding programs’ operations and investments;
  • 320 FTEs supported by the benefits accrued by the availability of the CANARIE network to research and education institutions, and ;
  • 240 FTEs were supported by the accrued benefits of CANARIE’s R&D funding programs.

As CANARIE works towards renewal of its mandate, a section of the CANARIE website ( provides additional information on CANARIE’s mandate renewal proposal, and contains information and tools for CANARIE stakeholders and users to send messages of support to government decision-makers.

The full economic benefits report is available on the CANARIE website at:


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CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports 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. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

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