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.
The Jump Ball Initiative taps into the innovative capacity and capabilities of the network of Canada’s 60 Technology Access Centres, including over 2,000 business innovation experts and 4 million square feet of dedicated applied research space.
Rapidly connecting innovators and entrepreneurs to the TACs that are ready, willing, and able to assist.
We have a dedicated point person at each of the 60 TACs eager to respond to your innovation-related inquiry if their TAC is equipped to assist.
Simply fill out the form describing your innovation challenge. We will distribute the request to all members and, within three business days, provide you with a curated list of TACs who have volunteered to assist, as well as their points of contact. You can reach out and discuss further.
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 JumpBall@tech-access.ca or visit the Our Team section of the Tech-Access Canada website.