Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research

The Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research (DAIR) provides entrepreneurs with free, high-performance, made-in-Canada cloud resources for product development, testing and demonstration.


  • DAIR is a free resource with no hidden costs. DAIR leverages existing investments made by the Government of Canada in CANARIE and Canada’s high performance telecommunications infrastructure to give Canadian entrepreneurs a competitive edge in the global market.
  • DAIR users have at least a year to use the resource. Most commercial cloud offerings incent users with a short-term (one to three month) free trial period. For many entrepreneurs, that’s just not enough time.
  • DAIR is a made-in-Canada cloud. Your data stays in Canada. Period.
  • DAIR makes the switch to a commercial cloud easy. DAIR is powered by OpenStack, which enables simple migration to any commercial cloud when you are ready to launch your product.
  • DAIR’s application process is easy and fast. Users need to fill out a simple online application and within a few days they are using DAIR.

What do you get?

DAIR gives entrepreneurs free self-serve access to 4 high performance virtual servers. By comparison, a year of using similar resources on commercial cloud provider Amazon AWS would cost a minimum of $2,800 USD and on Rackspace a minimum of $2,100 USD.

To apply, click here. For more information, click here.