We are excited to announce that ORION and GTAnet have joined forces to serve our communities better.   

Effective April 1, 2023, ORION and GTAnet are one entity that will continue using the name ORION. 

ORION and GTAnet decided to increase our impact and ability to make a difference in the community we serve. Together we will sustain a consolidated network that is more robust and responsive to the community’s needs. Combining the powerful regional collaboration of GTAnet with ORION’s provincial and national engagement will enable a significant positive transformation for Ontario’s research and education community.  

We want to assure our members and supporters that this amalgamation will not change the services currently provided by either organization. Instead, it will allow us to support the collective needs of this community better. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@orion.on.ca. 

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ORION Empowers Innovation

ORION directly supports education, innovation, research, and healthcare across Ontario with reliable digital infrastructure, tools, and expertise.

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ORION is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ontario researchers, educators, and innovators.

How ORION serves our community

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    Cultivating purpose and engagement within the industry

    ORION’s commitment to transparency, equity and engagement enables an intentional balance between collaboration, inclusivity, operational excellence, and focus. 

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    Supporting world class research, education and innovation platform

    ORION sustains and constantly advances the province’s shared essential research, education, and innovation platform. We protect its value and performance, driven by world-class standards and an ambition for equitable access. 

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    Building trusted community partnerships

    ORION connects Ontario’s research, education, and innovation ecosystem through trusted, relevant community partnerships. We lead transparent, focused conversations to unify our voices for shared digital infrastructure. 

Our network can open doors that you never even knew existed. When you join ORION, you become part of an elite group of researchers, educators, students, and innovators with access to resources that can be difficult or impossible to access any other way. 

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News & Resources

Key Highlights from ON-CHEC Day 2023 

As we continue to foster a future of collaboration and innovation, ORION hosted the fourth annual ON-CHEC Day on December 1, 2023. Comprised of 40 higher education institutions across Ontario and Nova Scotia, the Ontario Cybersecurity Higher Education Consortium (ON-CHEC) celebrated its fifth successful year and continues to evolve thanks to the support of our community. In the past year, ORION has hosted weekly touchpoint calls and monthly webinars for the ON-CHEC community. Our goal is to protect the higher education sector from ever-evolving threats and attacks

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Training & Events

Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) 


The Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO) certification is an industry-leading program that recognizes the real-world experience necessary to succeed at the highest executive levels of information security. The EC-Council CCISO body of knowledge covers all five CCISO domains in-depth and was written by seasoned CISOs for current and aspiring CISOs. 

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With ORION’s network you get access to:

  • Connectivity

    The convenience of a single source for all connectivity needs. In addition to the research and education network, ORION offers last mile, cloud, and resilient Internet services.

  • Cybersecurity Products and Services

    Keeping our digital community safe with cybersecurity products and services is vital to supporting Ontario’s research and education community.

  • ORION Community Training

    Connect to cost-effective certification courses and professional development in cybersecurity, IT, and business skills.

  • Applications & Software

    ORION provides applications and software to meet the needs of our constituents.

What our network is saying

Ontario public libraries connect their communities to e-resources, multi-media programs, and digital content creation. It is crucial for libraries to have a robust digital infastructure. ORION can help libraries meet these goals. The Ontario Library Association is working with ORION to facilitate digital discovery in communities across Ontario.

— Shelagh Patterson, Executive Director, Ontario Library Association

As CIO of Laurentian, I know firsthand the rich opportunities a small university has to offer, such as diversity in research and flexibility in customizing undergraduate and graduate degrees, all while enjoying state-of-the-art facilities and technology. ORION understands that the needs of bigger, urban universities are inherently different from the needs of smaller, rural universities like Laurentian. ORION is attentive to the concerns and interests of university educations and students – no matter how remote the school might be.

— Luc Roy, Chief Information Officer, Laurentian University

Who we serve

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