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A WestGrid Member is any institution in Western Canada that pays a membership fee to WestGrid and receives funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives (MSI) program. WestGrid Members also provide matching funds for all CFI grants.
Some WestGrid Member institutions are also members of Compute Canada. All institutions eligible for funding from the CFI are eligible to become Compute Canada Members upon paying an annual membership fee. 
Note: An institution does not have to be a Member of Compute Canada or a Member of WestGrid for its researchers to have access to the national platform of advanced research computing resources. Accredited faculty members of all Canadian institutions are eligible to use WestGrid and Compute Canada resources. 

Institutional Partners

WestGrid works closely with these institutions in Western Canada to lead the acceleration of research and innovation. If you are interested in collaborating with WestGrid as an institutional partner, please contact for more information.

University of Northern British Columbia

Thompson Rivers University 

   BC Cancer Agency's Genome Sciences Centre  
University of Lethbridge The Banff Centre          Athabasca University  
University of Regina  The University of Winnipeg       Brandon University  


Funding Partners

WestGrid and our seven member institutions, as regional partners of Compute Canada, receive funding for the operations and maintenance (O&M) needs of national advanced research computing support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Major Science Initiatives program (MSI). The provincial governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchwan and Manitoba provide the required matching funds for all CFI grants.

Canada Foundation for Innovation Government of British Columbia Alberta Government Government of Saskatchewan Government of Manitoba


Network Partners

WestGrid's advanced research computing facilities are connected through a dedicated WestGrid core network which makes use of CANARIE's national network infrastructure as well as the provincial infrastructure of the National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This allows for high-speed network connections between sites and can be be used for services like large file transfers.