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Financial resources

Here are the main sources of financing for your innovative projects.

Financial aid and tax credits


The SR&ED program (Scientific Research and Experimental Development)

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (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.
The SR&ED Program gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada. Contact us for more information!


Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations du Québec

Through its business assistance program, Programme d’aide aux entreprises (PAE), the MEIE supports businesses that make a determined effort to become more competitive and accelerate their growth. It provides companies with financial support at various stages of their development. Several measures are aimed specifically towards supporting innovation. Contact us for more information!


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Emploi Québec

Emploi-Québec offers advisory services and financial assistance to help you :

  • Increase the productivity of your business;
  • Optimize your human resources management;
  • Train, motivate, and mobilize your staff;
  • Recruit qualified staff; and
  • Respect legal obligations.

Contact us for more information!

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Canada Economic Development (CED)

Through various programs, CED offers financial support to growing businesses. Your business or organization may be eligible for one or more of the CED programs based on the priorities set by the Agency and its 14 business offices, or for temporary initiatives put in place to offset specific economic situations. Contact us for more information!

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Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of the NRCC

This program helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada grow stronger, faster, and larger through innovation and technology. The Program assists firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace. One advisor serves the Eastern Townships region. Contact us for more information!

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Investissement Québec (IQ)

IQ can fulfill your business’s financing needs for start-up, expansion, and development projects. IQ offers loan guarantees and loans to help accomplish these projects and propel your business. Contact us for more information!

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