Innovative environment

Alberta’s research and innovation system and its technology commercialization support programs make Alberta an attractive place for companies to accelerate innovations into the global marketplace.

Alberta Innovates

The Government of Alberta’s policies are designed to ensure that innovation continues to flourish in the province. That is why the government formed Alberta Innovates, an amalgamation of 10 provincially funded research and innovation organizations.

The Alberta Innovates program creates an ecosystem for innovation – from basic research to technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and business start-up – in the areas of biosolutions, energy and environment, health, technology and research and innovation. The Alberta Innovates program was designed specifically to help technical industries find solutions, develop products and move technologies to market.

Commitment to Research and Development

  • Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures helps technical industries find solutions, develop products and move technologies to market through programs such as the Alberta Innovation Voucher. In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, 72 vouchers were awarded to small technology businesses, assisting them to transform their innovative ideas into commercial products or services.  
  • Alberta's Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Credit is worth 10% of a company’s eligible research and development expenditures up to $4 million, for a maximum credit of $400,000. The credit will be refundable for all companies.
  • Alberta Enterprise Corporation is an independant fund manager that encourages venture capital investment by investing in technology venture capital funds that finance early-state, knowledge-based companies. $100 million has been allocated to co-invest in early stage capital funds focused on areas including information and communications technology, life sciences, green technology and nanotechnology.

For further information on programs and services within Alberta’s research and innovation system, access Connectica, a web portal connecting Alberta innovators to funding, programs, services and more.