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Connecting to CANARIE

Access or connection to the CANARIE network may be granted to Canadian research, educational, or government organizations, a Regional Advanced Network partner (RAN), a federal GigaPoP, or an international research network. Connections may also be granted to for-profit organizations provided that use of the CANARIE infrastructure is for non-profit purposes or to the benefit of non-profit organizations.

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CANARIE Connection Policy

This policy covers who may physically connect to the CANARIE network infrastructure subject to the guidelines in this document. This policy is not retroactive; connections which exist prior to its creation are unaffected (“grandfathered”).

Connection Guidelines

Organizations must connect to CANARIE via their Regional Advanced Network (RAN), with the following exceptions:

  • Any federal organization in the Ottawa/Gatineau region has the option of connecting to the Federal GigaPoP.
  • Direct connections to CANARIE may be granted to organizations which require a service that is not provided by a RAN or the Federal GigaPoP.
  • International partners may connect directly to CANARIE or to a RAN based on locality of the respective points of presence (POP).

In all cases connections are made to the CANARIE network infrastructure in consultation with the local RAN or the Federal GigaPoP.

Connection Instructions

  • Organizations are encouraged to use the RAN partner to gain access to a CANARIE approved GigaPoP.
  • The GigaPoP operator, as well as the RAN partner, may charge fees and may have their own Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for access to the GigaPoP. These fees and AUPs are established by the individual GigaPoP operator or RANpartner and reflect local costs, funding arrangements and other factors.
  • If an organization cannot come to an agreement to connect to the GigaPoP Operator or RAN partner, it can apply directly to CANARIE to create and operate a GigaPoP directly connected to the CANARIE Network. Such GigaPoPs must be approved by CANARIE in consultation with the NREN Governance Committee (made up of representatives of the RAN partner and CANARIE). The applicant must bear all costs of the GigaPoP and any additional costs imposed upon the CANARIE Network to connect up such a GigaPoP.

Regional Advanced Network (RAN) Partners

Network Policies

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Within the broader goal to advance the development of the knowledge economy in Canada, CANARIE network infrastructure and services are provided to support research, education, advanced application development and usage by Canadian research, education, government, and industry organizations.

The CANARIE network can be used for any legal purpose in support of this goal, so long as it does not interfere with or adversely affect the operation of the CANARIE network or any network user, as may be determined by CANARIE.

CANARIE reserves the right, through its published governance processes, to modify this AUP from time to time and intends to provide advance notice of any such modifications.

IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy

This document describes the CANARIE IPv6 address allocation and assignment policy. It is based on, and fully compliant with, the Regional Internet Registries’ (ARIN, APNIC and RIPE) jointly developed “ IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy ”, and with RFC3177, “IAB/IESG Recommendations on IPv6 Address Allocation to Sites” [RFC3177].

CANARIE, acting as a Local Internet Registry, delegates IPv6 address space to CANARIE GigaPoP Operators/Regional Advanced Networks. In turn, the GigaPoP Operators assign address space to their connected institutions. This document is intended for CANARIE engineering staff and GigaPoP Operators.

This document will be updated as RIR policies and Internet best practices evolve.

Download IPv6 Address Allocation and Assignment Policy

Network Routing Policy

This document outlines the use of unicast routing protocols in the CANARIE IP backbone and the mechanisms used to influence network traffic flow in order to meet the routing policy objectives. The contents of this document equally apply to the IPv4 and IPv6 protocols, except where explicitly mentioned otherwise. Multicast routing protocols are covered in a separate document.

This document is written for operational and engineering personnel of the CANARIE Network, GigaPoP operators, international network peers, and international network exchange point operators.

This document will be updated as operational requirements evolve.

Download the CANARIE Network Routing Policy