Canada's National Research & Education Network

BCNET is one of 13 territorial or provincial partners that collectively form the Canadian National Research and Education Network (NREN). The NREN is an essential collective of infrastructure, tools, and people that bolsters Canadian leadership in research, education and innovation. CANARIE and its 13 provincial and territorial partners form Canada’s NREN. We connect Canada’s researchers, educators and innovators to each other and to data, technology and colleagues around the world.
Canada’s NREN connects to a global web of more than 100 NRENs around the world. Working together, we form the Global Research and Education Network, dedicated to the unique needs of research facilities and higher education institutions. In Canada, the NREN also connects teaching hospitals, libraries, museums, innovation centres, federal research labs, and in some provinces, K-12 schools.

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NREN Partners

Provincial and territorial NREN partners connect directly to institutions and serve the research, education, and innovation sectors in their regions. The CANARIE Network connects NREN partners to each other and to the Global Research and Education Network. Find information on each NREN partner, below.

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 post-secondary institutions, their major research centres and the K-12 system.

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

ACORN-NS’s objectives are to refine, implement and maintain a resilient, secure, advanced research and education network architecturereliably operate Nova Scotia’s advanced research and education network including the CANARIE GigaPoPpromote the value and innovation created by the advanced research and education network; and maintain a sustainable model for ACORN-NS.

Aurora College

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


CANARIE is the federal partner in Canada’s National Research and Education Network, providing interprovincial and international connectivity. Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools and national research data management initiatives to accelerate discovery, provides identity management services to the academic community, and offers advanced networking and cloud resources to boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector. 


Cybera is a not-for-profit technology-neutral organization responsible for driving Alberta’s economic growth through the use of digital technology. Its core role is to oversee the development and operations of Alberta’s cyberinfrastructure — the advanced system of networks and computers that keeps government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, and business incubators at the forefront of technological change.


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 supports research, education and advanced application development among Manitoba’s research, education and industry organizations.

NB PEI Educational Computer Network (ECN)

The New Brunswick - Prince Edward Island Educational Computer Network (ECN) provides a sustainable, economical, and reliable high-speed network platform to educational and research organizations throughout the region. It connects them to 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 region.


ORION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ontario researchers, educators and innovators. The organization’s community includes more than two million users at over one hundred universities, colleges, hospitals and research institutions, as well as the majority of Ontario’s school boards. ORION enables ground-breaking discoveries and cutting-edge education through its network, and provides vital digital tools and expert support.

Nunavut Arctic College

Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) will represent Nunavut on the NREN and will work with partners to create a research and education network in Nunavut. NAC is a public agency of the Government of Nunavut and services the largest post-secondary service region in Canada. NAC’s mission is to strengthen the people and the communities of Nunavut by providing life-long learning opportunities for adult Nunavummiut by delivering high quality adult education programs developed with input from our partners throughout the Arctic and Canada, and by making the benefits of Inuit traditional knowledge and southern science more accessible.

RISQ | Quebec Scientific Information Network

As a not-for-profit organization, the Quebec Scientific Information Network (RISQ) is a private telecommunications network that has served the education sector in Quebec since 1989. RISQ’s network covers approximately 6,000 km and reaches about 750 000 students, teachers and staff. It provides members with shared resources and services, and also acts as an information, coordination and expertise forum.

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 provides a vital link between students and researchers in the Yukon and national and international education and research networks. The Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College facilitates education opportunities for communities, encourages collaboration with First Nations, and expands opportunities for northern innovation. Yukon College also enables Yukoners to share their diverse cultural and environmental research with the world.