Intelligent Communities Pilot Opportunity

The CIRA Internet Performance Test is designed to deliver you a neutral, unbiased, and comparable measure of the Internet in Canada.

CIRA has created a limited opportunity for Canadian cities and regions engaged in “intelligent community" initiatives to leverage this test to better understand internet access in your community because speed and quality is one important measure of success for your broadband-dependent programs.

That which you can measure you can manage.

How it works for Canadian Communities

Data helps you to measure the infrastructural, demographic, and sociographic results of your programs. 

  • Pilot communities get their own custom-branded municipal testing portal accessed via a unique branded domain name.  
  • These portals allow users to run tests and present the speed in your region using heat maps organized by established neighborhoods, wards, or other available criteria that you set.  
  • Decision makers and  citizens alike can compare results across the area in a manner that they understand.

Current participating communities




Benefits of the pilot program

Infrastructure for a Canada-specific test requires investment in the network in addition to hardware and software. Under our non-profit mandate we are not including these costs in pilot project fees. Additionally, any complex customization required by a city or region is done on a cost-recovery basis.  So you not only get the worlds most advanced test but you get tremendous value.

What does it cost?

The cost depends on the expected traffic to the testing nodes and therefore is based on the size of your region and the outreach plans you have to help build test volume. We also consider the type of project. The typical cost for an average sized Canadian city or community will be less than $500 monthly for the duration of the pilot - significantly less than it costs to manage the infrastructure. Moreover, this cost includes customization of the portal, maps, and web address to your region. 

Apply now - only 10 communities will be accepted

How do I get involved?

Only ten cities or regions will be accepted into the pilot program with full advantages. Getting involved starts by simply contacting us.

Apply now!

Have any questions before you apply? Email us - we’re happy to help