Government of Canada Modernizes Data Centre

News Release

BORDEN (Ontario), May 24, 2016 – Today the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced a multi-year $322 million contract to Uptime Infrastructure Partners for the expansion of Shared Services Canada’s (SSC) Enterprise Data Centre (EDC) Borden, located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden, Ontario.  

Uptime Infrastructure Partners will be responsible to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Government of Canada data centre facility for the next 25 years.

The expansion of the Borden facility, demonstrates the government’s commitment to modernize and standardize federal information technology (IT) infrastructure that will provide better value, improve service and increase security.

The new data centre facility will qualify as a silver standard green building with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a world-wide green building certification program.

The facility will also have Uptime Institute Tier III-certification. The Uptime Institute is recognized worldwide for creating and administering standards and certifications for data centre design, construction, and sustainable operations.

This investment in the expansion of the Borden facility will benefit Canadians by contributing to the economy through the creation of infrastructure and construction jobs, and a cleaner environment.

Construction is expected to start in summer 2016, with the expanded data centre facility being ready to begin receiving workloads from federal partner organizations in Fall 2017.

The expansion of Borden EDC is a key element of SSC transformation of IT infrastructure, which will generate significant benefits and better value for the Government and for Canadian taxpayers. 

 Quick Facts 

  • SSC has engaged Defence Construction Canada (DCC) to execute a fair, open and transparent procurement and manage the contract throughout the design and construction phases of the project, and to manage the public-private partnership contract for 25 years.
  • The expanded Borden site will provide additional physical space and growth potential, and will be equipped with modern, energy-efficient power distribution and cooling systems.

  • EDC Borden expansion will increase the Government of Canada’s physical and cyber security and will increase storage and bandwidth capacity to meet the Government of Canada’s future requirements.
  • With the opening and expansion of modern data centres, SSC will be better positioned to close outdated and inefficient data centres.


 “The EDC Borden expansion is another example of this Government's ongoing transformation agenda, and our commitment to deliver on the Information Technology plan. Our plan will result in reduced costs, improved service delivery for Canadians and better protection of their data through increased IT security."  – Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement 

“The expansion of the EDC Borden demonstrates our Government’s commitment to invest in green infrastructure and to generate significant savings for Canadian taxpayers.” – Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

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