A Brief History of Time

The Manitoba Regional Advanced Network (MRnet) was founded as an incorporated not-for-profit consortium of organizations dedicated to the development and advancement of research and education (R&E) based high-speed networking and network applications.

MRnet Role and Mandate

  The Manitoba Regional Advanced Network (MRnet) was founded in 1995 as an incorporated not-for-profit organization serving research and education organizations  with network applications and services`. MRnet offsets annual operating costs through in-kind contributions and annual fees from its members. Capital costs are partially recovered through funding provided by the Canadian Network for the Advancement for Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE, also a not-for-profit corporation supported by its members, project partners, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development ofCanada).

Membership Information Benefits

• Low Cost Access to an Extensive State-of-the-art Broadband R&E Network within Manitoba.
• Access to the CANARIE R&E Network and other Regional/International R&E Networks
• Opportunity to Demonstrate and Promote New Products & Service Concepts
• Opportunity for Information Sharing & Collaboration with Researchers and Industry Leaders
Membership is open to any organization involved in research and applications development or teaching relating to high performance networks. These include;

• Companies (for-profit and not-for-profit)
• Educational institutions
• Health institutions
• Government R&D agencies

MRnet offers its members access to a province-wide, high speed test network for research and technical evaluation purposes. The MRnet network can accommodate a wide variety of broadband applications, including high quality videoconferencing, video distribution, real-time collaborative workgroups, and high speed data transfers.

MRnet Acceptable Use and Routing Policy

Within the broader goal to advance the development of the digital economy in Manitoba and Canada, MRnet network infrastructure and services are provided to support research, education, advanced application development and associated usage by Manitoba research, education, government, and industry organizations.
The MRnet Network can be used for any legal purpose in support of this goal, so long as it does not interfere with or adversely affect the operation of the MRnet or CANARIE Networks or any network user, as may be determined by MRnet and/or CANARIE.
MRnet reserves the right, through its governance processes, to modify this AUP from time to time.

MRnet Privacy Policy


MRNet operates in a transparent manner while respecting the content and  principles of freedom of information and protection of privacy.

In the course of its membership, project management, and operational activities, MRNet may collect personal information from individuals who are involved in the projects it develops and supports. This policy outlines the access and privacy principles to which MRNet adheres.

Any personal information collected by MRNet is not distributed to any private organizations or used for commercial marketing.


ACCOUNTABILITY**: MRNet is responsible for the personal information under its control and has designated the company’s Chief Executive Officer as its Privacy Officer, accountable for MRNet’s compliance with these principles.

IDENTIFYING PURPOSES**: The purposes for which personal information is collected shall be identified at or before the time the information is collected.

CONSENT**: The knowledge and consent of the individual are required for collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, except when deemed inappropriate.

LIMITING COLLECTION**: The collection of personal information by MRNet shall be limited to the information that is necessary for the purposes identified. Information shall be collected by fair and lawful means.

LIMITING USE, DISCLOSURE, AND RETENTION**: Personal information shall not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with the consent of the individual or as required by law. Personal information shall be retained only as long as deemed necessary for fulfillment of those purposes.

ACCURACY**: Personal information shall be as accurate, complete, and up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it is to be used.

SAFEGUARDS**: Personal information shall be protected by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information.

OPENNESS**: MRNet shall make readily available to individuals information about its policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

INDIVIDUAL ACCESS**: Upon request, an individual shall be informed of the existence, use and disclosure of his or her personal information and shall be given access to that information. An individual shall be able to request a correction of factual inaccuracies.

CHALLENGING COMPLIANCE**: An individual shall be able to address a challenge concerning compliance with the above principles to the Privacy Officer at ceo@mrnet.mb.ca

MRNet retains information obtained in connection with administration and project management indefinitely. Individuals may request disposal of personal information by contacting ceo@mrnet.mb.ca

MRNet will correct any factual inaccuracies in personal information held by it in response to satisfactory evidence being provided by the individual to whom it relates and will use appropriate security measures to protect against loss, theft, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of any personal information collected.

Any individual whose information has been collected and held by MRNet may request access to that information.

For cybersecurity purposes, MRNet may use software programs to monitor network traffic that identifies unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

To join MRnet, or ask more detailed questions, contact us at:

Gerry Miller
Executive Director MRnet Phone: 204.224.4988 Mobile: 204.612.6149 ed@mrnet.mb.ca

MRnet and the NREN

MRnet is a member of the national Research and Education Network ( NREN ) in Canada. This body is a confederation of R & E networks in each province and territory in the country along with CANARIE that provides connectivity in the regions, between regions and internationally. It is used by all post-secondary institutions and centres of research and also by K-12 in some areas. The NREN is essential to research and education efforts in all areas of the nation.

Privacy Policy