Manitoba's Strategic Advantages

Research and Development

St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre
Research and development in Manitoba is conducted by government agencies, universities and private firms, often working jointly. Manitoba’s growing base of research-related activity has given the province an increasing international profile in agriculture and health biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical and diagnostic devices and industrial research.

The tax environment in Manitoba encourages industry to continuously develop new and innovative products and processes. Programs like the Manitoba Research and Development Tax Credit and the federal Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program provide Manitoba companies with considerable leverage for their R&D investments. Studies by the Conference Board of Canada comparing the R&D tax incentives among the world’s industrialized countries have repeatedly found that combined federal and provincial R&D tax incentives in Canada are the “most generous and stable offerings in the industrialized world.”

Some examples of R&D centres in Manitoba include:


Researchers in Manitoba have the support to take their ideas to market.

Research at the University of Manitoba (U of M) has been making a big impact in the marketplace for decades. As such, the U of M has developed a 100-acre multi-tenant research and technology park—known as SmartPark—to allow Manitoba's knowledge-based industries to benefit from close university-industry interaction. Tenants of SmartPark include organizations in the fields of information and communications technology, medical devices, advanced composite materials, electrical engineering, agricultural technology, biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, functional foods and nutraceuticals.

Foreign Firms Can Access R&D Tax Credits in Manitoba

R&D tax credits available in Manitoba can provide significant cost advantages to firms that locate their R&D activities here. Foreign firms can access these cost advantages by either outsourcing their R&D to a Manitoba company, or by conducting R&D activities in a Manitoba subsidiary.

Advantages to foreign firms of locating R&D activities in Manitoba include:

  • Reduced after-tax cost of eligible R&D, due to tax credits
  • Competitive labour rates in Manitoba


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