Mission & Strategy

At ORION, we dedicate ourselves to connecting and supporting all of our research, education and innovation customers throughout Ontario.

We are recognized as providing leadership and critical infrastructure that allows our members to collaboratively engage in making Ontario a global leader in innovation.

With one of the world’s fastest research and education networks, we enable our users to be connected to a world of possibilities.

By linking these members through our network to a variety of strategic partners, we deliver a collection of unique value-added capabilities that enhances their pursuit of knowledge, social impact and economic outcomes every day.



The ORION Nexus Project: What’s next for ORION?

By working closely with our community, ORION is committed to helping our users transform themselves and create a better future for Ontario. The number of users on the network is steadily increasing and network utilization is growing at a rate of about 50% per year. Importantly, with the growth of online learning and cloud-based services, our importance to the research, education and innovation (RE&I) communities in Ontario has never been more vital.

The time is right to develop a strategy for the next 10 years, so that ORION is well positioned to continue to best support innovation as Ontario’s backbone of research and education.

A framework for this path of discovery, development and implementation has been created to guide our way forward. This year-long strategy planning process is called the ORION Nexus Project.

“Nexus” is a very fitting term for our future strategy and it refers to a series of connections linking people and ideas – and ORION is a network connector and a facilitator which brings together people and ideas.

Through the Nexus Project, ORION is conducting in-depth stakeholder and economic analyses through the following projects:

These projects reflect ORION’s core distinguishing values—what ORION believes are instrumental to our future:

  • Providing leadership
  • Being collaborative
  • Using our network as the focal point of Ontario’s digital infrastructure
  • Supporting RE&I users by adding value
  • Enabling transformation

The Five C’s

Our strategy is summarized by the 5 C’s, which you will see highlighted throughout our stories and initiatives.

CONNECTIVITY: Providing a fast, reliable, effective network

COMMUNITY: Bringing together the research, education and innovation community to strengthen the entire ecosystem

CONTENT: Enabling the transport and sharing of huge volumes of content

COMPUTING: Linking advanced computing centres and capability

CLOUD: Bringing world-class cloud-based software partners to our users