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Canada is known as a highly developed capitalist country with a high standard of living in high-tech industries, service industries, manufacturing industries. According to a survey conducted by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada’s entrepreneurial environment is becoming more and more diverse due to the entry of new immigrants.

Those who are not familiar with the Canadian business environment must be curious about the business opportunities and entrepreneurial environment in Canada. Today, Simard & Associates will reveal the answer for you.

Canada's Current Economic Situation

Despite the impact of the Coronavirus Omicron variant, Canada’s economy grew at a faster-than-expected rate in the fourth quarter of last year and will remain strong in 2022. According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian economy grew at a rate of 6.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, beating analysts’ expectations of 6.5 per cent, while gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to grow by 0.2 per cent in January this year, after stagnating in December last year.


In a report released earlier, Statistics Canada said that real GDP growth was driven by a 3.5% increase in business investment in engineering structures and a 14.3% increase in home ownership transfer costs, including commissions and land transfer taxes related to home resales and inventory build-up; growth in international exports was overshadowed by a significant increase in imports; and rising prices slowed the growth in final household consumption. The growth in international exports was overshadowed by significant import growth; and rising prices slowed the growth in final household consumption.

The increase in household spending at the end of 2021 indicates an upturn in the Canadian economy due to easing of epidemic preparedness measures, increased family outdoor activities, “savings from working from home, reduced travel and lower mortgage rates boosting housing spending.


There is a near-record growth in new home construction, resales and renovations across the country in 2021. Household mortgage debt increased by 10.3 percent in 2021, an unprecedented increase of $182.4 billion. However, in February 2022, as the epidemic improved, the Canadian economy improved and more new stores opened across the country.


Canada's Policy of Encouraging Innovative Industries

Canada is a high welfare and high tax country, but the government has introduced a series of preferential policies that are also beneficial to the development of small businesses and manufacturing industries. Under the Canadian business model, immigrants who immigrate for business benefits can enjoy the benefits of health care programs, first-class education, and the national pension system.


The Canadian government’s policy initiatives to support and encourage business start-ups in R&D are characterized by an emphasis on Canadians and in Canada: first, support for Canadian-controlled businesses; and second, support for R&D activities within Canada.

The Canadian federal government’s policy measures to encourage and protect technological innovation and the development of independent intellectual property rights include three main areas:

  1. Tax relief for corporate investment in R&D, such as through the Canada Revenue Agency’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program tax incentive program to stimulate corporate investment in R&D innovation; s
  2. Funding for corporate R&D innovation activities through specialized technology programs, such as the Technology Partnership Program and the Industrial Research Assistance Program;
  3. Support for corporate commercialization of innovation through national venture capital, such as through the Canada Business Development Bank’s support for corporate financing.

The federal government of Canada provides Canadian-owned companies that conduct scientific research and experimental development in Canada can receive a 35% tax credit for investment tax on reasonable expenditures up to $2 million, and a 20% tax credit for expenditures over $2 million. This government incentive is an important source of funding for small businesses engaged in scientific research and experimental development.


Canada's Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED)

Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED) is one of the most favorable corporate R&D tax credit incentive programs among the seven most industrialized countries, has a broad range of requirements and can be applied for by businesses of any size and industry. Applicants can apply for a tax credit for scientific research and experimental development investments in such areas as salaries, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead, and expenditures on scientific research and experimental development contracts.

  1. a 100% tax deduction on eligible scientific research and experimental development costs, including major equipment.
  2. a 20% tax credit for scientific research and experimental development expenditures.
  3. a tax credit of 100% against the current year’s tax liability, or against the first three or ten years’ tax liability.
  4. for small Canadian-owned companies, the credit can be increased to 35% for R&D expenditures of up to $2 million per year
  5. the credit may be fully or partially refunded in cash, even if the company does not have sufficient taxable income to offset.
Canada's Entrepreneurial Prospects

Canada’s business environment is generally optimistic. The two main sources of optimism in Canada today are the availability of merger and acquisition capital and the growing reputation of Canada’s innovative ecosystem.


In terms of policy support, the majority of Canadian entrepreneurial companies say they are receiving benefits from the Canadian government to support the start-up innovation economy. They also believe that the government’s encouragement of the innovation economy has had a positive impact on them.

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The above is the prospect of entrepreneurship opportunities in Canada. Simard & Associates is a team of experienced immigration consultants who have worked with numerous families and applicants in various Canadian immigration programs, providing one-stop immigration consulting services that make it easy for you to move to Canada.