Red Tape Reduction Commission

Between January and March 2011, the Red Tape Reduction Commission consulted with Canadians and received approximately 2,300 ideas about red tape irritants that get in the way of business productivity. The full report was unveiled in January 2012.  It contains 15 systemic changes and 90 department-specific recommended solutions to eliminate or alleviate these irritants. The report … Read more

Small Business Internship Program

The Small Business Internship Program provides small and medium-sized enterprises financial support to hire a post secondary student intern to assist them in their adoption of e-business strategies to increase their productivity and competitiveness. For more information go to

Genome Canada

Genome Canada received $75 million in the 2010 Federal Budget to continue to play an important role in the federal government’s science and technology and innovation agendas. Since 2000, the Canadian federal government has invested $840 M in Genome Canada, to which has been added close to $1.0 billion in partnered co-funding and interest earnings. … Read more

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports networks of Canadian and international researchers who conduct long-term research on scientific, social and economic issues. Working in association with Canadian and international institutions, CIFAR provides opportunities for eminent scholars to add to the research base in Canada. CIFAR supports 12 research … Read more

Canada Small Business Financing Program

The Canada Small Business Financing Program seeks to increase the availability of loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses. It does this by encouraging financial institutions to make their financing available to small businesses. Under the Program, a small business must apply for a loan at a financial institution (bank, credit union or … Read more

Automotive Innovation Fund

“The Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF) will provide automotive firms $250 million over five years to support strategic, large-scale research and development (R&D) projects to build innovative, greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The AIF will support Canada’s environmental agenda in advancing Canadian capabilities in fuel-efficient automotive technologies and greenhouse gas reduction. Under the AIF, Industry Canada will … Read more


BizPaL is an online service that simplifies the business permit and license process for entrepreneurs, governments, and third party business service providers.  Easy and convenient, BizPaL provides Canadian businesses with one-stop access to permit and license information for all levels of government.

SME Benchmarking Tool

SME Benchmarking Tool (formerly Performance Plus) offers industry-specific income statement and balance sheet data for small and medium sized businesses. SME Benchmarking Tool allows you to: Estimate the operating costs for your new business View financial performance averages in your industry Enter your own financial data to see how your business measures up to comparably … Read more

Small Business Research and Policy

Small Business Research and Policy is a small business resource site that includes an extensive collection of Industry Canada research on small business and entrepreneurship, together with links to other sites, as well as comprehensive statistics on Canadian small businesses.

NUANS® Name Search System

NUANS® Name Search System  is a computerized search system that compares a proposed corporate name or trade-mark with databases of existing corporate bodies and trade-marks. This comparison determines the similarity that exists between the proposed name or mark and existing names in the database, and produces a listing of names that are found to be … Read more

Corporations Canada

Corporations Canada allows Canadians and businesses to incorporate at the federal level in accordance with Canadian laws, such as the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Corporations Act, the Boards of Trade Act and the Canada Cooperative Associations Act, regulations and several corporate laws governing federal companies (with the exception of financial intermediaries). It also … Read more

Computers for Schools Program

The Computers for Schools program in Ontario (CFSO) is administered by Renewed Computer Technology (RCT). The Computers for Schools Ontario program’s primary focus of providing renewed technology, skill development opportunities and environmental leadership delivers triple bottom line community benefits: social, economic and environmental. Firstly, the program helps to meet the demand for computers in the … Read more

Networks of Centres of Excellence Program (NCE)

NCE fosters powerful partnerships between university, government, and industry. Networks of Centres of Excellence funded by the program are designed to develop Canada’s economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians. The program provides funding to invest in national research networks, determined by open and targeted competitions. See  for more information. GOVERNMENT CONTACT: Lyne … Read more

Communications Research Centre – Innovation Centre (CRC)

For more than 30 years, the Communications Research Centre (CRC) has been the leading federal government laboratory for advanced communications R&D. CRC believes that business success starts with access to technologies, facilities and expertise. CRC is committed to helping small and medium-sized high-tech companies make the Canadian economy strong. The CRC Innovation Centre is a great … Read more

Canada Foundation for Innovation

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI’s mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.  Support from the CFI enables institutions … Read more

ICE Committee