A Technology Access Centre (TAC) is a state-of-the-art applied research and innovation centre, affiliated with a Canadian college or cégep, that provides companies with access to cutting-edge technology and equipment, as well as a multi-disciplinary team with the expertise to turn brilliant ideas into market-ready products.
A TAC is your one-stop-shop innovation intermediary for applied R&D support and technology adoption assistance.
TACs offer value-added R&D and innovation services to Canadian businesses - particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - to develop new prototypes, scale-up processes and solve unique business challenges. They also provide customized training for industry to upgrade technical skills, and de-risk the financial investment of implementing new equipment and adopting emerging technologies. They aim to generate innovation and productivity results, while enhancing the competitiveness of their industry partners.
Companies that work with the TACs benefit from flexible intellectual property (IP) policies, and have the right to commercialize the research results and IP. TACs also help de-risk the financial investment required when taking on applied research projects by helping businesses to access and leverage government funding programs, including the Interactive Visits program supported by NRC IRAP.
Tech-Access Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization representing the TACs. We are passionate about expanding the reach of our 60 TAC members, making their R&D support and technology adoption services accessible to all entrepreneurs and innovators across Canada, contributing to the development of a more inclusive innovation economy.
Interactive Visits provide eligible companies with 20 hours of collaboration with a TAC to solve an innovation challenge, such as:
The Interactive Visit program is open only to incorporated Canadian for-profit firms with under 500 employees and the potential to grow through innovation.
We strongly encourage and welcome the participation of companies owned by members of traditionally underrepresented groups (women, Indigenous persons, members of visible minorities, and persons with disabilities).
Tech-Access Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to enable this initiative.Request an Interactive Visit »
If you’ve made it this far, sincerely, thank you again for your interest in connecting with the TACs!
More information on Tech-Access Canada and the TACs can be found here:
Profiles of the TACs, their facilities, equipment, and expertise can be found here:
We look forward to collaborating with you to overcome your hurdles, unlocking even more wealth creation for Canada!
Please direct any further inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Our Team section of the Tech-Access Canada website.