Federal budget preview: What the Council of Canadian Innovators wants to see

Innovative Canadian firms looking to scale up their businesses are looking for next week's federal budget to provide guidance on a national data strategy, commit to recruiting top talent from abroad, and open

Published on: March 14th, 2019 Brian Jackson

Have you had a review of your SR&ED claim that didn’t go well? There are options for claimants

By Susan Mattice The SR&ED tax credit program is odd in that from a tax policy viewpoint it is an incentive program, nudging companies to carry out more R&D in Canada and develop

Published on: June 25th, 2018 ITBusiness Staff

The government grant landscape is changing; how does IT fit in?

Over the last two years, the federal government has introduced many new incentives for research and development, mainly by way of grants or non-repayable contributions. In addition, certain existing government programs have been

Published on: March 19th, 2018 Brian Cookson

Government grants – are they right for you?

Many people are surprised to learn that Canada gives out more grants to businesses, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in particular, than most other countries. When we compare grant funding for businesses in

Published on: February 12th, 2018 Brian Cookson

SMBs can rely on IRAP funding, contrary to Brian Cookson’s recent blog, NRC exec says

By Andrew McNaughton The following was sent to IT World Canada editorial director Brian Jackson as a letter to the editor. I would like to clarify a number of statements that were made

Published on: January 16th, 2018 ITBusiness Staff

A look at SR&ED in 2018 and beyond

Some background and context The SR&ED tax credit program has been in existence since 1985. The Budget Papers published in 1985 stated that the purpose of the program was to keep Canadian businesses

Published on: January 4th, 2018 Brian Cookson

Are SR&ED tax changes another punch in the teeth for Canada’s tech sector?

Canadian governments are fond of making grand pronouncements that "technology innovation and the jobs it brings are key to future economic prosperity," yet conversely their actions are punishing small tech companies. How can

Published on: August 29th, 2017 Jim Love

The government wants CATA’s advice on how to improve SR&ED funding

That didn't take long. Less than a week after the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) officially released a report breaking down how the federal government - both Liberal and Conservative - reduced innovation

Published on: July 31st, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

Government essentially cutting billions from innovation funding, CATA says

For years, Russ Roberts has argued that despite its much-vaunted "innovation agenda," Canada's federal government has functionally reduced innovation spending by billions of dollars by reducing Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax

Published on: July 27th, 2017 Eric Emin Wood

High-tech tax tips for small business

Tax time can mean big headaches for smaller businesses. But it doesn’t have to. Here are some tips to help your SMB squeeze the most benefit from technology-related expenses, write-offs and tax credits.

Published on: March 15th, 2013 Christine Wong

Uberflip’s guide to bootstrapping your startup

Lack of capital is a common complaint of Canadian technology startups, but what if you could find a way to grow your business without outside funding?It sounds like a monumental challenge, but it’s

Published on: January 25th, 2013 Brian Jackson

SR&ED and the law of unintended consequences

By Francis Moran  Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax credit program is undoubtedly one of the most popular industrial incentive schemes around. Shortened to SR&ED and usually referred to as “Shred,” the program provides

Published on: December 7th, 2012 Francis Moran

How to bridge the pre-commercial funding gap in Canada

Startups are based on ideas and faith. Going from an idea to commercialization is a roller coaster ride, from conceptualization to development beta testing and, hopefully, into commercialization and market development. The primary

Published on: July 30th, 2012 Mahrie Boyle

Why Toronto region shouldn’t be celebrating Pebble’s Kickstarter success

Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky’s success raising money on Kickstarter after being ignored by venture capitalists is a startup story that warms the cockles of our collective hearts in the entrepreneurial community. But after

Published on: June 1st, 2012 Brian Jackson