Departmental Plan DP 2019-2020 - Raison d'être, Mandate and Role

Raison d'être

Figure 1: NRC IRAP and Research facilities

NRC IRAP and Research facilities
Long description of the NRC IRAP and Research facilities

Research facilities are located in Edmonton, Penticton, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Boucherville, Chalk River, Gatineau, London, Mississippi Mills, Montreal (two sites), Ottawa (three sites), Saguenay, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax, Ketch Harbour, Moncton, and St. John's.

IRAP offices are located in Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna, Nelson, Chilliwak, Burnaby, Surrey, Victoria, Nainamo, Port Coquitlam Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Markham, Waterloo, Ottawa, Toronto, Picton, Thurnderbay, Kanata, Kingston, Windsor, London, Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Québec, Sherbrooke, Drummondville, Granby, Rouyn-Noranda, Lévis, Gatineau, St-Georges, Wendake, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Victoriaville, Chicoutimi, Corner Brook, St-John's Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax, Edmundston, Gander, Dieppe, Happy Valley Goose bay, Sydney (NS)

As the largest federal performer of research and technology development in Canada, NRC advances scientific knowledge, supports business innovation and provides technological solutions to pressing public policy challenges. Working with industry, government and academia, NRC's scientific experts and industrial technology advisors support a broad range of science and innovation activities, including helping technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises to scale-up, access global value chains and become internationally competitive. By balancing the advancement of emerging science and technology required for tomorrow's economy with innovation support that Canadian companies need to grow and succeed, NRC translates scientific excellence into innovations that improve the quality of life for Canadians and people around the world. By combining its strong national foundation and regionally-based network of specialized scientific infrastructure with deep international partnerships, NRC has become an enabling platform for connecting diverse expertise across Canada's innovation system, focusing these efforts on the most valuable goals for the country.

Mandate and role

Under the National Research Council Act, NRC is responsible for:

  • Undertaking, assisting or promoting scientific and industrial research in fields of importance to Canada;
  • Providing vital scientific and technological services to the research and industrial communities;
  • Investigating standards and methods of measurement;
  • Working on the standardization and certification of scientific and technical apparatus, instruments and materials used or usable by Canadian industry;
  • Operating and administering any astronomical observatories established or maintained by the Government of Canada;
  • Establishing, operating and maintaining a national science library; and
  • Publishing and selling or otherwise distributing such scientific and technical information as the Council deems necessary.

For more general information about NRC, see the "Supplementary information" section of this report. For more information on the department's organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Ministers' mandate letters on the Prime Minister of Canada's website.