Research Networks


University Information Technology (UIT) is well equipped to provide high-bandwidth connectivity for sharing large data files, performing high performance computing and operating, or monitoring, remote equipment using research networks such as ORION (Ontario) and CANARIE (Canada). Dedicated point-to-point networks (lightpaths) can be used in collaboration with ORION and CANARIE to meet your network bandwidth and connectivity needs.

How do I get it?

  • York faculty members, graduate students. and academic researchers can request this service  by emailing UIT Research Computing Support at
  • Charges vary based on type and extent of fibre, installation and other services necessary to complete connectivity on campus. Quotes can be obtained by contacting UIT Research Computing at

How do I get help?

  • Research Computing Services is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. Please contact UIT Research Computing Services at to schedule an appointment.

Service details

For dedicated lightpath applications to ORION and CANARIE, UIT can assist with the following:

  • Complete the required application form
  • Design the network architecture
  • Provide "last mile" connectivity on campus using UIT cable infrastructure.
  • Deploy the lightpath connection in conjunction with ORION and CANARIE