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 212 colocation data centers, 293 cloud service providers and 14 network fabrics.

Canada Overview

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Market Overview

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 212 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 293 service providers.

Canadian Rankings

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:

  1. TR1
  2. TOR 1
  3. MTL 3
  4. MTL 1
  5. 151 Front Street West Data Center

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Canada are:

  1. Cologix
  2. Rogers Communications
  3. Cogeco Peer 1
  4. Sungard Availability Services
  5. Bell

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Canada are:

  1. Zayo
  2. Cogent Communications
  3. Bell
  4. GTT
  5. Rogers Communications

Energy Distribution

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.

Natural Disasters

Canada is relatively safe from most catastrophic dangers. The most prominent dangers to data centers in Canada include floods, fires, storms and earthquakes.

Service Providers

Canada’s communications industry is regulated by CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission). Major players in the carrier space include:

  • Telus
  • Bell
  • Rogers

While the top three service providers are:

There are numerous smaller providers as well.

Cloudscene Canadian Facts

  • Total number of Canadian data centers: 212
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 293
  • Total number of network fabrics: 14
  • Latest Canadian data center added: Montreal 3
  • Latest Canadian data centers service provider: INAP
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Canada: 41

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