Government Incentives For Investors

From talent attraction to R&D and capital investment facilitation, find out how Canada’s incentives and tax credit programs make it easy for your business to make money.

Monetary incentives

Scientific Research & Experimental Development

Companies of any size that invest in research and development (R&D) in Canada can take advantage of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program—Canada’s largest R&D program.


Accelerated Investment Incentive

The Accelerated Investment Incentive provides an enhanced capital cost allowance (CCA) on equipment purchases and full expensing in the first year for M&P and clean energy equipment purchases.


Strategic Innovation Fund

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) supports Canada as a top investment destination through five Streams:

  1. R&D support
  2. Growth and expansion facilitation
  3. Large scale investment attraction and retention
  4. Industrial R&D and technology demonstration advancement
  5. National innovation ecosystems support


Market Access

Canada's Free Trade Agreements

Which country gives you access to 1.5 billion consumers across 51 countries? Canada. Through 14 free trade agreements covering 60% of the world’s GDP, Canada opens doors to growth beyond borders.   


Programs and initiatives

Global Skills Strategy

Canada’s Global Skills Strategy gives employers access to a global pool of highly-skilled workforce. The strategy outlines three pathways to quick entry for skilled workers: short-duration work permit exemptions, two-week processing for high-skilled talent and the Global Talent Stream.


Pan-Canadian AI Strategy

Canada’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy—the first national program of its kind globally—aims to increase the number of highly-skilled researchers and graduates, enhance research capabilities, demonstrate global leadership around the economic, ethical, policy and legal implications of AI, and support a national research community.


Global Innovation Clusters 

Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters Program pulls together technology clusters across the country into industry-led consortiums. Each cluster focuses on technology innovation in the areas of ocean sciences, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, protein industry, and digital technology.



Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s export credit agency, helps companies grow and succeed beyond Canada’s borders. EDC offers competitive financing to international companies to enhance competitiveness and unlock business innovation.

Business Development Canada is the nation’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. As its investment arm, BDC Capital can provide global companies with insight, introductions and co-investment partnership opportunities in Canada’s vibrant technology sector.

Consider Canada City Alliance brings together 14 of Canada’s largest cities to build a competitive national economy.