Statistics Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada

Spending on research and development

Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.

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; michael.lynch@statcan.gc.ca) or Cindy Carter, (613-951-1856; cindy.carter@statcan.gc.ca), Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division.