About the SR&ED program

What is the SR&ED Program?

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes. The SR&ED Program is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D.

Claimants can apply for SR&ED investment tax credits for expenditures such as wages, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead, and SR&ED contracts.

It should be noted that the CRA is responsible for administering the SR&ED Program, while the Department of Finance is responsible for the legislation that governs it.

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How long will it take to process your claim?

To ensure that your claim is processed in a timely manner, the SR&ED Program has established service standards that we are committed to meet.

Federal legislative proposals status

The Federal SR&ED legislative proposals status page tracks the progress of outstanding federal draft legislation and highlights legislation that received Royal Assent within the past year, amending the Income Tax Act, which impacts on the SR&ED Program.

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