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Cluster: Data Warehousing & Security

In 2006, the Bank of Montreal (BMO) chose Barrie to build its 320,000-sq-ft Customer Data Disaster Recovery Centre. The successful completion of this project was the catalyst for putting Barrie on the map as a choice location for data warehousing and security.

In 2010, the RCMP retrofitted a vacant industrial warehouse to accommodate the confidential location of the G8/G20 Security Command Headquarters and is now the location for Cogeco's 60,000 Square Foot Data Services Centre, please click on the PDF below for exact specifications:

In 2012, construction of two major data centres took place: a second national bank and the IBM Canada Leadership Data Centre ($90 million investment).

Why Barrie?


  • Close proximity to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), yet far enough to provide distance security 
  • Isolated geography from both the east and west coasts
  • Extremely low risk of natural disasters and other attacks
  • Climate provides advantages for lower power and cooling costs

Strong Infrastructure

  • Exceptional connectivity available for businesses
  • Reliable, dual electrical services

Available Land/Space


  • Barrie’s Georgian College offers numerous computer studies programs including programming, technician, and network systems security programs
  • Barrie is commutable distance (less than an hour) from the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA’s) labour pool
  • Wage Rates (2015):
      Avg $/hr High $/hr Low $/hr
    Computer Programmers 36.06 56.41 22.12
    Information Systems Analysts & Consultants 33.65 50.00 19.00
    Facility Operation & Maintenance Managers 30.29 53.30 16.40
    Source: HRSDC 2015

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