Shared Services Canada opens fourth massive data centre

Three government departments open an Enterprise Data Centre in Borden, Ont., located an hour and a half drive north of Toronto.

Shared Services Canada (SCC), Defence Construction Canada, and the Department of National Defence all opened  the new data centre on Sept. 17, a press release said, adding that the shared resource will help the government’s online program and service delivery to Canadians.

It added it will also offer greater security and protection of Canadians’ personal information and offers a “long-term IT solution” for the government’s use of digital services.

The release said the project will “serve as an example” of “green infrastructure.”

SCC tweeted that the size of the centre is as big as five Olympic hockey rinks. This centre is one of four across the country. The others are located in Barrie, Ont., Gatineau, Que., and Montreal.

“This new facility is another great example of government partners working together. Such modern information technology infrastructure provides better value and security, improves service delivery for Canadians, and greens government,” said Carla Qualtrough, Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Minister, in the release.

In 2016, Trudeau’s Liberal government struck a public-private partnership contract with UIP GP valued at $332 million for 25 years.

That partnership would help design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the data centre in Borden.

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Shruti Shekar is a video producer and reporter for IT World Canada. She was formerly a political reporter at The Hill Times and was based in Ottawa. Her beats included political culture, lobbying, telecom and technology, and the diplomatic community. She was also was the editor of The Lobby Monitor, and a reporter at The Wire Report; two trade publications that are part of The Hill Times. She received a MA in journalism from Western University and a double BA honours in communication studies and human rights from Carleton University. She was born in India, grew up mostly in Singapore and currently resides in Canada.

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