What’s new – SR&ED Program

This Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED ) Program "What's new" page is organized by date. For information listed by year and by topic, go to the SR&ED Program archives.

The Guidance: How the Canada emergency wage subsidy affects SR&ED claims is now available to help SR&ED claimants, who are also Canadian emergency wage subsidy (CEWS) recipients, determine how the CEWS might affect their SR&ED claim.

The Canada Revenue Agency has updated the following guide and it is available on Forms and publications:

The SR&ED Filing Requirements Policy has been updated on November 26, 2020.

The Canada Revenue Agency has updated the following forms and they are now available on Forms and publications:

The reporting deadlines for SR&ED claims have been extended due to COVID-19. For more information, read Extended SR&ED reporting deadlines.

Part 3 of Bill C-20, entitled Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), recently received royal assent. If the minister of national revenue issues an order, the SR&ED reporting deadlines will be extended for up to six months starting from March 13, 2020, and not past December 31, 2020. Since this order has not yet been issued, claimants with a SR&ED reporting deadline on or after March 13, 2020, and who were unable to file an SR&ED claim because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are encouraged to file their claim on the expectation that such an order will be released. Claimants are encouraged to submit their SR&ED claims as early as possible, preferably with their income tax return. For more information on federal draft legislation amending the Income Tax Act that impacts on the SR&ED Program, go to Federal SR&ED legislative proposals status.

Reporting deadlines for the scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) tax incentive program have not changed. Corporations still have 18 months after their tax year-end to file their SR&ED claim. For example, if your corporation had a December 31, 2018, tax year-end, you have until June 30, 2020, to file your SR&ED claim. However, businesses are strongly encouraged to file their SR&ED claim with their income tax return. Generally, the deadline for corporations to file their income tax return is six months after their tax year-end.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers are considered government assistance. Assistance received under either wage subsidy reduces the amount of expenses eligible for SR&ED investment tax credits and film and media tax credits. Additional information is available in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy application guide.

The Summary of Provincial and Territorial Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits has been updated as at December 31, 2019.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program v 3.0 – Privacy impact assessment summary has been posted. 

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development – Success stories web page is now available. These stories provide examples of how the SR&ED tax incentive program benefits Canadian innovation. More stories will be added to this page.

Forms T2SCH31, Investment Tax Credit – Corporations, and T2SCH49, Agreement Among Associated Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations to Allocate the Expenditure Limit, have been updated with the 2019 federal budget measure of removing the previous year taxable income from the calculation of the SR&ED expenditure limit for a CCPC.

The SR&ED claims made by physicians and medical professional corporations – Information for claimants web page is now available. This page gives physicians and medical professional corporations information to help them prepare their SR&ED claim.

Federal SR&ED legislative proposals status as at June 30, 2019

Summary of provincial and territorial research & development (R&D) tax credits as at March 31, 2019

Budget 2019 – SR&ED Program


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