Other business-related incentive tidbits in the federal budget outside of the SR&ED changes

While the federal budget of last week contained widely anticipated changes to the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, it also contained many other aspects of funding and incentives to encourage innovation and commercialization:

  • $400 million to help increase private sector investments in early-stage risk capital, and to support the creation of large-scale venture capital funds led by the private sector.
  • $110 million per year to the National Research Council to double support to companies through the Industrial Research Assistance Program.
  • Western Innovation Program
  • $ 14 million over two years to double the Industrial Research and Development Internship (IRDI) program.
  • $12 million per year to make the Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence program permanent.
  • $500 million over five years, starting in 2014–15, to the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support advanced research infrastructure.
  • $105 million over two years to support forestry innovation and market development.
  • $95 million over three years, starting in 2013–14, and $40 million per year thereafter to make the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program permanent and to add a military procurement component.

To read Terry’s full article about these changes, please click here.

– Terry Lavineway Director of Business Incentives Welch LLP

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