CANARIE Inc. is Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network, hundreds of times faster than the internet, which facilitates leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the word. More than 39,000 researchers at nearly 200 Canadian universities and colleges use the CANARIE network, as well as scientists at many research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories throughout the country.

The advanced networking capability provided by CANARIE enables researchers to analyze massive amounts of data and find 'needles in haystacks' that can lead to important discoveries, such as cures for deadly diseases, new energy sources, and more effective ways to predict natural disasters.

CANARIE also supports the development of new tools and software that enable researchers to analyze and share very large amounts of data, collaborate more effectively, and apply research results in innovative ways. CANARIE works with researchers and developers in many scientific disciplines, across 12 regional networks in Canada, and with 100 international peer networks in more than 80 countries. These collaborations stimulate research, innovation and growth, which deliver economic, social, and cultural benefits to Canadians.

CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with major funding of its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

CANARIE support for NEPTUNE Canada

  • In 2006, CANARIE provided $1.1 million to NEPTUNE Canada for development of new software design and architecture technologies.
  • In 2007 it provided $2.4 millions for the NEPTUNE Canada backhaul line between the shore station in Port Alberni and UVic.
  • In 2008 it granted $1,397,000 for the development of Oceans 2.0, a Web 2.0 environment.
  • In 2009, CANARIE granted $980,000 for development of an innovative Data from the Deep, Judgements from Crowds project which will establish a satellite observatory for NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS at Brentwood College School on Vancouver Island, where students will help analyze and annotate audio and video data.
  • In 2014, allocated part of a $4 million investment toward the Web-enabled Awareness Research Network (WARN) project, which will implement very fast detection of on-land and off-shore sensor data to provide key information about impending disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • In 2016, CANARIE provided $0.5 million for the development of The Research Platform for User-Defined Oceanographic Data Products. The purpose of this development is to accelerate and advance scientific research in Canada by (a) allowing researchers to access Oceans 2.0 data products through a specially designed Application Programming Interface (API), the “Oceans 2.0 API” and (b) enable researchers to define, test, use and share processing code for user-defined data products in a custom-designed programming environment, the “Oceans 2.0 Sandbox”.