Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation

ENCQOR (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Québec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) is a transformational Canada-Québec-Ontario partnership focused on research and innovation in the field of 5G disruptive technologies, on adoption initiatives and system uses. ENCQOR establishes the first Canadian pre-commercial corridor of 5G digital infrastructure — the key to making the digital economy a reality. ENCQOR’s five-year strategy and unique focus on providing access to 5G networks to SMEs, researchers and academia means it is purpose-built not just for unlocking the technological promise of 5G in the near term, but for driving long-term economic growth in Québec and Ontario and in the broader Canadian innovation ecosystem.

The ENCQOR project is spearheaded by five world-class digital technology companies — Ericsson, Ciena, Thales, IBM Canada and CGI — and brings together industry, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the public sector, centres for innovation, and universities.

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5G research and network testing is ramping up quickly and its emergence will impact everything from communities to healthcare and transportation as well as objects (the Internet of Things, or IoT) and cities.

Through the use of high-frequency radio waves, 5G is expected to make significant advances in three important areas: connectivity, latency and bandwidth.

With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second and ultra low latencies of milliseconds, 5G will be critical to delivering a whole new generation of products and services to the marketplace such as connected and autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, virtual reality, smart cities, and new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The future is connected, and 5G is the platform on which it will be enabled.


ENCQOR has the potential to be a central pillar of the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Through the collaboration of industry partners, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), governments, and academia, ENCQOR will support economic growth, the creation of high-quality jobs and enhance Canada’s global competitiveness for the benefit of all Canadians.

ENCQOR is a tool for accelerating the transition to the digital economy and will strengthen the competitiveness of Canada, Québec and Ontario in the global economy by affecting:


Creating an ecosystem that is a magnet for talent, both domestic and international


Providing a platform where small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can test ideas and technology, and improve their ability to scale up


Encouraging the adoption of emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, natural language processing, 5G) across all economic sectors