Canada’s National Cybersecurity Initiatives Program

Connect to world-class cybersecurity initiatives for Canada’s research and education sector

Canada’s research and education sector is connected – both physically, through the National Research and Education Network (NREN), and through the collaborative nature of learning and discovery. But every connected device and organization is susceptible to cyber threats.

Given our interconnectedness, we’re only as strong as our weakest link.

A map of Canada with a shield image and arrows stretching over it.When it comes to securing the whole sector, it’s critical to strengthen the capacity of every institution and coordinate efforts that are underway at every level: from apps and devices to campus networks and NREN infrastructure.

Working with our NREN partners and other partner organizations that serve Canada’s research and education sector, we are part of a collaborative national approach to mitigate risks across the landscape.

We are working to align efforts across the sector to enhance cybersecurity capabilities.

Built by the community, for the community…we’re proud to support the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program.

Cybersecurity Initiatives Program (CIP)

In response to the need identified by Canada’s research and education community for national coordination and alignment of cybersecurity efforts, the Government of Canada funds CANARIE to invest in initiatives that will strengthen the whole sector with advanced technologies, improved processes, and broadened expertise. These initiatives are delivered to eligible organizations through provincial and territorial partners in Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN), including through ORION in Ontario.

Participate in the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program (CIP)

Why participate in the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program?
  • Because security is a team sport; when we’re each more secure, the entire sector is more secure
  • The breadth and depth of threat data and analysis gives your team actionable, timely, relevant intelligence
  • Unique access to a national community of security experts in research and education (R&E)
  • The opportunity to strengthen your team’s security capacity and expertise
    • Integrated training and support
    • Ability to draw on a national pool of R&E security experts
  • Opportunities to contribute your own expertise and help shape the evolution of initiatives that strengthen the whole sector
Which organizations are eligible to participate?

All ORION-connected higher education institutions are eligible to access the cybersecurity program initiatives and deploy them at no cost. For more information about eligibility, please see CANARIE’s website.

How do we participate in the CIP?

There are three steps to participate in the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program (CIP):

  1. ORION has contacted all eligible organizations and invited them to participate in the CIP by submitting a short participation form to CANARIE.
  2. If eligible, your participation form will lead to an agreement between your organization and CANARIE called the Organization Cybersecurity Collaboration Agreement (OCCA).
  3. Once this agreement has been signed by both parties, your organization’s participation and eligibility in the CIP is confirmed.

You can participate at any time, but your organization can only access funded initiatives once an OCCA is executed. The sooner you participate in the CIP, the longer your organization will be able to benefit from the funded initiatives.

You can download a sample participation form or OCCA at CANARIE’s website.

How do we access the cybersecurity initiatives funded through the CIP?

Once you’ve signed your OCCA, you can access available initiatives. ORION will contact all eligible organizations with instructions for accessing available initiatives. Stay tuned!

If you have any questions about funded initiatives, please contact us at the information below.

Funded Initiatives

A multi-stakeholder Cybersecurity Advisory Committee defines and prioritizes the initiatives that will be funded and supported through the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program (CIP).

The first three initiatives that will be made available to CIP participants:
Fall 2020

The CIRA D-ZONE DNS Firewall logoFunding implementation, support, and training across 200+ eligible organizations connected to the NREN.
CIRA D-Zone DNS Firewall is a an easy to implement, powerful external network protection layer that shields organizations from malware.




Early 2021

CANSSOC Threat feed logoFunding participation, support, and training to 200+ eligible organizations connected to the NREN



Spring 2021

Intrusion Detection System (JSP) logoFunding implementation, support, and training for all eligible organizations not yet enrolled in the Joint Security Project (JSP)



All initiatives funded through the CIP are intended to integrate with each other to strengthen cybersecurity locally and in turn the overall security of the whole sector.

short participation form to CANARIE


Our team is here to help you. You can get more information in one of the following ways:


We encourage you to register for the webinars that best fit your interests and schedule to get more information about this program.

Questions about the Cybersecurity Initiatives Program

For more information about funded initiatives and eligibility in Ontario, please contact our Community Development team:

Questions specific to CIP applications and/or Organization Cybersecurity Collaboration Agreement (OCCA)

Cybersecurity Program Operations
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