The Government of Canada (GC) has recognized the importance of IPv6 with the publication of its IPv6 Adoption Strategy. According to the Treasury Board of Canada website, IPv6 adoption will help GC with business continuity and the continued growth of its online services. In addition, adopting IPv6 will “enable students, visitors, investors and business partners in other countries to easily find information about Canada on GC websites.”
The Treasury Board of Canada website also states:
“Without the adoption of IPv6, Government of Canada users with only IPv6 Internet access may face limitations when accessing GC services. Similarly, without the adoption of IPv6 by the Government of Canada, public servants may not be able to communicate and access IPv6-based services in the future. This connectivity gap may first appear in high-growth areas, such as in the Asia-Pacific region, where IPv4 address exhaustion occurred one year ago.”
Like many other organizations that are preparing their networks for IPv6, the Government of Canada will take a phased approach that allows it to support both IPv4 and IPv6. By March of 2015, IPv6 will be enabled on all externally facing GC websites. Meanwhile, all new Internet-facing websites and applications must be IPv6-enabled by April 2015.
Visit the Treasury Board of Canada website to read the complete Government of Canada IPv6 Adoption Strategy.