AWS Government, Education, & Nonprofits Blog

A Commitment to the Security and Privacy of our Canadian Customers

We are committed to enabling Canadian public sector customers to adopt cloud computing with confidence, while maintaining compliance with applicable privacy legislation. Recently, we supported efforts related to a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) by BCNET, a large government cloud broker in the Province of British Columbia that supports over 40 educational institutions. A PIA is a process used to evaluate and manage privacy impacts and to ensure compliance with privacy protection rules and responsibilities.

Going forward, this PIA will become a useful framework for educational institutions, which can accelerate their ability move workloads to AWS. By taking the lead on the PIA, BCNET was able to meet its mandate to build value for its members through collaboration, reducing costs, and maximizing efficiencies.

New AWS Direct Connect live in Vancouver

Another example of AWS’s commitment to the security and privacy of our Canadian customers is the new AWS Direct Connect that is now live in Vancouver. Vancouver provides dedicated access to the Canada (Central) AWS Region and to public AWS resources in other North America AWS Regions. The primary fiber path between the Vancouver Direct Connect site and the AWS Canada (Central) Region complies with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) requirements.

Using AWS Direct Connect, customers in Vancouver can now establish a dedicated network connection with private connectivity between AWS and their datacenter, office, or colocation environment, which in many cases can:

  • Reduce network costs
  • Increase bandwidth throughput
  • Provide a more consistent network experience than Internet-based connections

Connections are always made to a particular Direct Connect location, and can run at either 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps, or you can work with a partner to connect at speeds less than 1G. Learn more about APN Partners that can assist you in using AWS Direct Connect Services here.

Disaster recovery options in Canada

The AWS Direct Connect site in Vancouver can also afford additional options for Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions, as it satisfies a significant distance requirement from the AWS Canada (Central) Region in Montreal. In addition, customers can utilize the AWS Toronto Edge Location as another DR option across the country. Having multiple options for connectivity on our Global Transit Network allows for reduced latency and simplified data transfer out pricing.

Some examples of public sector Canadian customers who are taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud include Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and BC Hydro.