Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics

Principal Investigator: Guillaume Bourque
Theme : Science and Technology Platform
Competition : Genomics Technology Platforms: Operations Support and Technology Development Funds
Status : Completed
Start : Apr. 1, 2017
End: Mar. 31, 2022
Budget : $4,200,000.00

With next-generation sequencing and other high-throughput technologies, data production isn’t the issue –it’s the capacity to process and interpret that data that stands in the way of discovery and innovation. Bioinformatics services are expected to increase 21 per cent annually to nearly $4.3 billion by 2020 and the Canadian Centre for Computational Genomics (C3G) will be part of that growth. C3G was launched in 2015 to provide informatics and analysis support to the life sciences community. Since 2011, the C3G team has completed 1,014 projects for 622 groups of researchers across Canada and internationally, with fee-for-service revenues of more than $4.3 million.


C3G provides a unified national platform that relies on sharing expertise, technology and best practices. It provides genomics analysis across the life sciences; installs and distributes a bioinformatics software suite through Compute Canada; implements, deploys and distributes open-source software for the analysis of human and non-human data; and develops and supports a private cloud to support Private Health Information data analysis.


Over the next five years, C3G will expand its offering of analysis and informatics services to enable the implementation and distribution of novel tools in the areas of ‘omics analysis, data integration, precision medicine for clinicians and maintaining the privacy of personal health information. Such services will help to realize the potential of genomics research and bring new insights to the different fields of the life sciences.

Genome Centres:
 Génome Québec, Ontario Genomics

Host Institutions: McGill University, Hospital for Sick Children

Co-project leader:

Michael Brudno Hospital for Sick Children