Research and development 

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The consumer's appetite for new and improved offerings is constant. Innovating can help you meet those needs and gain an edge over your competitor's products or services. By investing in research and development, your business could achieve greater profits down the road.

R&D involves finding out what the market wants, then designing, prototyping, testing, and producing the final product or service.

Whether you are on your own or have a dedicated R&D team, there are a number of activities you may need to do if you undertake this kind of project. You may need to:

  • Do your own research or get outside assistance
  • Meet performance or safety standards and regulations for controlled or restricted products
  • Implement new technologies to produce your products or deliver services
  • Protect your ideas

Take advantage of resources that may help you.

  • Alberta Innovates
    Applies only to: Alberta

    You could get support for the research and innovation-based activities of your business from the Alberta Government.

  • Atlantic Innovation Fund
    Applies only to: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

    If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get money to develop new technology.

  • Alberta Product Commercialization Centres
    Applies only to: Alberta

    If you are developing a new product, turn to a product commercialization centre to receive the technical equipment, lab, test facilities and services you need to bring your idea to market faster.

  • Collaboration Voucher Program
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.

  • Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
    Applies only to: Ontario

    Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.

  • Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program
    Applies only to: Alberta

    Your corporation may be able to receive a tax credit for scientific research and experimental development expenditures incurred in Alberta.

  • Ontario business research institute tax credit
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could be eligible for a refundable tax credit for scientific research and experimental development in Ontario.

  • R&D Proof of Concept
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Apply for a grant to reduce the technical and financial risk of your innovative, pre-commercial research and development project.

  • R&D Vouchers
    Applies only to: Newfoundland and Labrador

    Access funding for technical expertise and facilities that will support your research and development activities within your innovative business.

  • New Environmental Technology Evaluation Program: A guide for applicants
    Applies only to: Ontario

    You could get help developing and marketing your environmental technology with results from this assessment program.

  • Western Research Park

    Get help developing and commercializing your innovative product or service by partnering with the University of Western Ontario's Research Park.

  • Tax credit for technological adaptation services
    Applies only to: Québec

    You could receive a tax credit representing a portion of expenses related to technological adaptation services.

  • Tax holiday for foreign experts
    Applies only to: Québec

    If you recruit foreign experts for your Quebec innovation project, you could obtain a tax holiday.

  • Tax holiday for foreign researchers
    Applies only to: Québec

    If your business does scientific research and experimental development, you could obtain financial assistance to recruit foreign researchers.