SR&ED Updates in Canada’s Federal Budget 2024

  • By Nicole Mirabal
    • May 14, 2024
    • read
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
SR&ED updates

The Federal Budget 2024 has proposed some exciting SR&ED updates! Whether you’re a business owner that is already taking advantage of this program or you’re contemplating applying, the Federal Budget 2024 has important updates that may impact you. Let’s dive into the changes to the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program and how it can benefit your organization.

SR&ED Updates Proposed in Budget 2024

In the years leading up to 2024, the Canadian government has been vocal about its commitment to enhancing the SR&ED program to better serve the needs of Canadian businesses. This year kicked off the commitment with the initiation of SR&ED consultations in January. Following, the commitment continues with the following proposed initiatives in Budget 2024:

  • Enhanced Eligibility: Budget 2024 proposed the exploration of expanding eligibility for Canadian public companies for enhanced credits—a move that could potentially fuel innovation across various sectors.
  • Enhanced Patent Box Regime & Intellectual Property: The budget emphasizes ongoing consultations on the creation of a patent box regime. This initiative aims to encourage the development and retention of intellectual property within Canada—a crucial step towards fostering a thriving innovation ecosystem.
  • Immediate Write-Offs for Investments: Perhaps one of the most significant announcements is the proposal to allow businesses to immediately write off the full cost of investments in patents, data network infrastructure equipment, computers, and other data processing equipment. This move addresses a longstanding gap in support for capital expenditures related to SR&ED activities, promising immediate benefits for businesses of all sizes.
SR&ED updates

Important Note

The SR&ED updates mentioned are currently at the proposal stage and have not fully been confirmed. However, as we navigate through the details of the Federal Budget 2024, it’s evident that the government is keen on fostering innovation and supporting Canadian businesses on their R&D journey. While uncertainties loom, particularly with a potential election on the horizon, the proposed SR&ED updates signal a step in the right direction.

Next Steps for SR&ED

We encourage stakeholders to engage with the CRA and provide feedback on these proposed updates. Together, we can shape a more vibrant innovation landscape for generations to come. Additionally, if you’re interested in unlocking the full potential of SR&ED for your business, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with one of the Leyton consultants to fully optimize your application today!



Nicole Mirabal
Nicole Mirabal

Brand Content Specialist

Explore our latest insights

More arrow_forward
Quebec Business Grants
5 Quebec Business Grants You Can Apply to Right Now

From innovative startups to established enterprises, securing funding can be a game-changer for y...

water harvester
Hand-held sun-powered water harvester to combat water scarcity 

In a groundbreaking development, researchers at the University of California Berkeley have design...

Clean hydrogen tax credit
New Clean Hydrogen Tax Credit on the Horizon

A new tax credit, the clean hydrogen tax credit, may be on the horizon for businesses that invest...

The “clean label” trend in the food industry

The Clean label has transitioned from trend to a lifestyle placing pressure on the food and bever...