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

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 325 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 1,413 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. TOR 1
  2. MTL 3
  3. TR1
  4. MTL 1
  5. VAN 1

Top Data Center Operators

The top five data center operators in Canada are:

  1. Cologix
  2. Rogers Communications
  3. Bell
  4. Aptum
  5. TNW Networks

Top Service Providers

The top five cloud service providers in Canada are:

  1. Shaw Communications
  2. Zayo
  3. Cogent Communications
  4. Bell
  5. Telus

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 1.08 and 2.17. The average PUE for Canadian data centers is 1.38. Canadian colocation facilities provide over 958.35 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 2.16 kW to 25.00 kW.

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: 325
  • Total number of cloud service providers: 1,413
  • Total number of network fabrics: 22
  • Latest Canadian data center added: TTO-002
  • Latest Canadian data centers service provider: EXA Infrastructure
  • Number of certified colocation facilities in Canada: 79