Research & Development (R&D) Support for Business

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Helps qualified firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace.
Their services include advisory services, funding, networking and linkages, and youth employment programs.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program
The SR&ED program gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada. The SR&ED program is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. It is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D.

National Research Council (NRC) Canada
Is the Government of Canada’s premier research organization supporting industrial innovation, and the advancement of knowledge and technology development.

Canadian Innovation Centre
Helps individual inventors and entrepreneurs crystallize their ideas and commercialize the resulting products. It also works with innovations coming out of existing enterprises.
This Centre services Canadians who have the ideas, but who are unfamiliar with manufacturing, the marketplace and business requirements, including why or if their idea will be successful.
The Centre’s services are primarily education and consultative and are available at a low cost.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Provides information on trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies.

TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario
This organization is the Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) for the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. It is part of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) which is a provincial network delivering programs and resources to help technology-based companies – existing, start up and even pre-startup. Services are available at no cost to the companies and entrepreneurs. It is based in London, Ontario and serves the Chatham-Kent area.