With a connectivity ecosystem consisting of 258 colocation facilities, Canada is the #5 globally-ranked country on Cloudscene based on data center density. Canada’s location in North America puts the country in close proximity to the United States - the undisputed “home of the internet”.
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Market Overview
Market Overview

Canada is a bilingual, federal parliamentary democracy with the British Monarch as the head of state. The North American nation has a population of over 37.69 million and an internet literacy rate of 89.8% (31.77 million internet users). Over 20% of the Canadian population is fluent in French, while over 60% is fluent in English, making it the nation’s primary language.

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 13.84 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 33.21 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 336 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 1,543 service providers.

Energy Distribution

Canada has good coverage of the energy sector, which is an important attribute to any data center market. The country is energized by 68% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil or nuclear fuels. Canada’s northern location and subsequently cool climate affords its data centers the opportunity of free cooling in many instances. These factors give 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 0.01 and 2.17. The average PUE for Canadian data centers is 1.31. Canadian colocation facilities provide over 1025.55 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 2.16 kW to 25.00 kW.

Cloudscene Canadian Facts

  • Total number of Canadian data centers: 336
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 1,543
  • Total number of network fabrics: 24
  • Latest Canadian data center added: Toronto
  • Latest Canadian data centers service provider: 11:11 Systems
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Canada: 81