Research & Development

Canada and Norway have many similar priorities in research and development (R&D). In addition to polar research, focus areas include environmental technology, aquaculture, biotechnology and energy.

Canada's Innovation Agenda
The Canadia Government has set 6 areas in which to take action in connection with the implimentation of the Innovation Agenda. Action areas include Global Science Excellence, World-Leading Clusters and Partnerships, Grow Companies and Accelerate Clean Growth and Compete in a Digital World.

Canada Chairs
Canada has invested in attracting and retaining researchers through the creation of 2000 new chairs at universities throughout the country. Further investment in research facilities is linked to each chair, funded through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Funding for a total of 305 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs have been obtained.

Canada's research network
Canadas federal research network consists of 27 partners:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Canada Research Chairs
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Foundation for Climate Change and Atmospheric Sciences
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Canadian International Development Agency
Canadian Space Agency
Communications Research Centre Canada
Defence Research and Development Canada
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Environment Canada
Genome Canada
Health Canada
Industry Canada
International Development Research Centre
Investment partnerships Canada
National Research Council Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council
Networks of Centres of Excellence
Public Works and Government Services Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Statistics Canada
Technology Partnerships Canada
Transport Canada

Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCEs)
NCE was launched in 1988 and now has an annual budget of C$77.4 million. The networks are made up from participants from universities, industry, government departments and NGOs. Since its foundation, NCE has created 97 companies and secured hundreds of patents.

Support for international co-operation
Support for international R&D partnering is available through the following programs:

Going Global S&T
Special Research Opportunity Program
International Opportunities Program.

Tax treatment for R&D in Canada
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to carry out R&D. For information on the advantages of R&D innCanada contact the Canadian Embassy in Oslo.

The CNBA's objective is to strengthen the business ties between Norway and Canada.


The objective is to be achieved through:

  • raising awareness of Canada and Norway,
  • supporting Canadian and Norwegian companies,
  • hosting events bringing Canadian and Norwegian companies and individuals together.

The CNBA is a non-profit organization