BCNET serves as a member-centric, not-for-profit, collaborative, shared services organization dedicated to the needs of B.C.'s higher education and research institutions. We offer a wide array of shared solutions in high-performance networking, information and educational technology, cybersecurity, and procurements that help members reduce costs, maximize efficiencies, enhance service quality, empower digital transformation and support their mission.

We are Dedicated to Active Engagement

Since our founding, BCNET and our community of higher education and research members have worked together to solve technology challenges and develop solutions to support excellence in teaching, learning and research. We continually engage with the community to understand their needs, identify collaborative opportunities and offer technology, services and procurement contracts that deliver value for all.

We respectfully acknowledge that the BCNET offices are located on the unceded traditional, ancestral territories of the the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), the səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and Lkwungen peoples. We are grateful we have the opportunity to work on this land. BCNET acknowledges the harms of the past and considers how we can each more forward in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration. We pray for strength and wisdom that all may continue to serve as stewards of the earth.

Our History

We are proud of our history and what we have accomplished in the last three decades. BCNET was founded over 35 years ago––a heritage of member-led collaboration for technology innovation and discovery. The research and education community that founded BCNET played an important role in creating the first internet in British Columbia, and the first shared IT service for higher education. As a builder of the internet, we pioneered the concept of a community-owned and shared network infrastructure. With our long history of managing the network, we were able to foster a collaborative community, and an environment of mutual trust.

What We Offer


Our collaborative approach to sourcing technology services and contracts helps to reduce costs, minimize duplication of efforts and generate greater efficiencies.

Service Excellence

We are committed to delivering service that is responsive, reliable and available, supporting our member-centric approach to providing service excellence.

A Catalogue of Services

We offer an extensive catalogue of over 130 cost-effective technology products and services, and general/IT contracts.


Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We foster a culture of inclusion, where everyone is welcomed and valued.

BCNET embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion as a source of our strength, where everyone contributes and thrives.

Our Mission

To deliver exceptional value to our members by leveraging the advanced network, fostering collaboration and building on our expertise.

Our Vision

To be recognized as a global leader in providing innovative solutions to support world-class research and education.

Our Values



We achieve more by working together



We deliver creative solutions



We commit to service excellence

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