What Is Tech-Access??

Tech-Access Canada is comprised of Technology Access Centers that serve the research and innovation needs.

Who Are The TACs?

A Technology Access Center (TAC) is a center affiliated with a publicly-funded Canadian college applied research office.

Where Are We Located?

There are 30 TACs enabling Canadian innovation from coast to coast, from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island.


Tech-Access Canada is the formal, national network of Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centers. Based in Ottawa, Tech-Access Canada facilitates the sharing of best practices between member TACs; works to harmonize service models across regions; and promotes college applied research to external audiences.

The network enables the TACs to serve any company, anywhere in Canada, and help them access the expertise, equipment, and facilities they need to solve their innovation challenges.

70% Tech-Access gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Colleges and Institutes Canada towards this initiative.

99%  Canada’s Technology Access Centres are local, accessible, and affordable, linking Canada’s competitiveness with skills training and future-proofing the innovation economy.


A Technology Access Centre is a centre affiliated with a Canadian college or cégep applied research office that provides access to specialized technology, equipment, and expertise to local industry – particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises – with the goal of enhancing their productivity and innovation.


Canada’s Technology Access Centres are local, accessible, and affordable, linking Canada’s competitiveness with skills training and future-proofing the innovation economy.

Why Work With A TAC?

Solve your problem

  • Tailored Engagements
  • IP-friendly
  • Objective Advice
  • Cost Avoidance
  • Test Drive Talent
  • Customized Training


Connect with a TAC to discuss your innovation challenge. Tech-Access Canada can guide you if you are unsure of which TAC can assist.


Discuss and determine what type of engagement can best solve your challenge. There are a variety of different ways to work with a TAC.


Collaborate at your facilities, at the TAC, or a combination of the two to overcome your barrier, and get your innovation closer to market.

Our Members

Our 30 member TACs help Canadian businesses – especially SMEs – advance their products, processes and services by :

  • offering specialized technical services and objective advice

TAC Photo Contest Winner 10th place! Lentil Tart Shells Scale-Up, Prairie Research Kitchen / Gagnant du concours de photos des CAT : 10ème place ! Augmentation de la taille des croûtes de tartelettes aux lentilles, Prairie Research Kitchen 📷: Anna Borys @RRCResearch pic.twitter.com/Nys7dtud0P

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Canada’s Innovation Intermediaries

Canada’s 30 Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly-funded colleges and Cégeps. Each TAC primarily serves a specific geographic area, with a focus on strengthening the industrial sector of significance to that region.

These demand-driven centres, from BC to PEI, help Canadian businesses – especially Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) – get their products, processes and services market-ready by conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems…. Read more


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