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2008 intentions (Previous release)

Total intended spending on research and development (R&D) is anticipated to reach $29.1 billion (in current dollars) in 2008, virtually unchanged from 2007.

Spending intentions indicate that Canada's business enterprise sector will continue to be the largest R&D performer with spending anticipated to reach $16.3 billion, followed by the higher education sector at $9.8 billion.

In terms of R&D funding, business enterprises are expected to provide almost half of the total funding. The federal government continues to be the second largest funding sector, accounting for approximately one-fifth of total R&D funding and basically unchanged from the previous year.

Provincial distribution of R&D spending is available up to 2006.

Table 1
Total research and development spending intentions, 2008 

Available on CANSIM: table 358-0001.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey numbers, including related surveys, 4201, 4204, 4208, 4209, 4210, 4212 and 5109.

The publication Gross Domestic Expenditures on Research and Development, in Canada and the Provinces (88-221-XWE, free) is now available from the Publications module of our website.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Michael Lynch (613-951-2201; or Cindy Carter, (613-951-1856;, Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division.