OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/21/15 -- CANARIE, a vital component of Canada's national digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced $105 million in new funding for the period 2015 - 2020, following the presentation of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2015 in the House of Commons.
"I want to thank the Government of Canada for its ongoing investment in CANARIE and its confidence in the organization as it evolves key components of our national digital infrastructure," says Grant Farmer, Chairman of the Board of CANARIE. "This enables Canadians in higher education, research and business to leverage a range of advanced technologies to support our growing digital economy."
Ubiquitous digital technologies and an accelerating rate of data creation have made advanced digital infrastructure and tools essential for Canadians who use them to create new knowledge, processes and businesses. This funding decision acknowledges the continually changing landscape in research, education and innovation and the need for ongoing investments to ensure Canada remains competitive.
"I want to thank our partners and stakeholders for their support and continued guidance," says Jim Ghadbane, President and CEO of CANARIE. "We look forward to working with the community to evolve the ecosystem to ensure our national digital infrastructure enables groundbreaking innovations that deliver social and economic benefits to all Canadians."
CANARIE moves into its next mandate with an overarching goal of strengthening Canada's digital infrastructure ecosystem. The components of the ecosystem include data, networks, compute facilities and software, and CANARIE will work with partners delivering these components to strengthen the alignment and integration among them.
CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada's research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.
CANARIE evolves 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 almost 2,000 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 ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN).
Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada's National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today's digital economy.
Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.