Everything you need to know about the SR&ED tax credit for the manufacturing industry


By Nicholas Garcia

What is the SR&ED tax credit?

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit is a government incentive available to a wide range of companies in the design and manufacturing sector. This tax credit enables qualifying companies to obtain a deduction based on income expenditures and costs associated with research and development activities.

How can you benefit?

SR&ED credits can reach a rate of 35% for Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPCs) and 15% for other corporations. Provincial SR&ED tax credits are also available and rates and conditions vary by Province.

The credit is primarily used to offset Corporate Taxes, but for CCPCs, it is also reimbursable

Examples of qualifying SR&ED activities

  • Innovations in process design
  • Simulation of complex systems
  • Research on materials
  • Automation technology
  • Reducing process cycle times
  • Reducing waste and losses
  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Process control technology

Examples of Qualifying expenses

  • Employee salaries for SR&ED activities
  • Materials consumed in SR&ED activities
  • Sub-contracting expenses related to SR&ED

To have your innovation project evaluated or further discuss the SR&ED tax credit, reach out to our experts today!


Nicholas Garcia

Nicholas Garcia

Senior SR&ED Manager