With a population of over 35.85 million, Canada is the #7 globally ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. A GDP of US $1.55 trillion, the country’s top service providers include Zayo, Cogent Communications and Bell. Canada has 88 internet users per 100 and the connectivity ecosystem is made up of 213 colocation data centers, 295 cloud service providers and 14 network fabrics.
Canada is a bilingual federal parliamentary democracy with the British Monarch as the head of state. With over 70% of the Canadian population fluent in English, English is the primary language of Canada. Over 30% of the population is fluent in French. Canada has a population of over 35.85 million and an internet literacy rate of 88% (31.55 million internet users).
Data Center & Telecommunications Economy
The total GDP of the Canada is over US $1.55 trillion and with a contribution of 4.4% from the digital economy, Canada’s data center industry is thriving. Besides Canada’s data centers, the digital economy includes 15.902 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 29.39 million mobile telephone subscriptions.
Data Center Markets
Canada contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in Canada are:
There are few submarine cables in Canada, with the majority of international traffic travelling through it’s only neighbour, the United States, before reaching either EMEA or Asia. There are 213 Canadian data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Toronto. Large carrier neutral Canadian data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 295 service providers.
Cloudscene compares and ranks data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics in a given market by a range of different qualities including ecosystem size and network size.
Richest Data Center Ecosystems
The top five colocation facilities in Canada are:
Top Data Center Operators
The top five data center operators in Canada are:
Top Service Providers
The top five cloud service providers in Canada are:
Energy is a significant issue for data centers and Canada has good coverage of the energy sector. Canada is energized by 64.1% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives Canadian colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.08 and 1.90. The average PUE for Canadian data centers is 1.31. Canadian colocation facilities provide over 362.25 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 2.16 kW to 25.00 kW.
Canada is relatively safe from most catastrophic dangers. The most prominent dangers to data centers in Canada include floods, fires, storms and earthquakes.
Canada’s communications industry is regulated by CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). Major players in the carrier space include:
While the top three service providers are:
There are numerous smaller providers as well.
Cloudscene Canadian Facts
- Total number of Canadian data centers: 213
- Total number of cloud service providers: 295
- Total number of network fabrics: 14
- Latest Canadian data center added: QTS Toronto
- Latest Canadian data centers service provider: Quality Technology Services
- Number of certified colocation facilities in Canada: 41