NRC facilities

 

NRC offers Canadian businesses access to unique research infrastructure as well as the experts to optimize its use. This includes aerospace engineering and manufacturing, astronomy, high-throughput DNA sequencing, photonics, biotechnology and nanotechnology – to name just a few. Access to these facilities allows innovative businesses to pursue blue sky R&D opportunities here in Canada, while lowering the risks associated with R&D and accelerating product development.

Select your industry category below to learn which NRC facilities can add value to your organization.

Facility Address Targeted industries
0.9 m wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, energy.
1.5 m trisonic wind tunnel Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, energy.
2 m x 3 m wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, energy.
3 m x 6 m icing wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, marine.
9 m wind tunnel Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, energy.
Advanced materials research facility 2620 Speakman Drive Mississauga, Ontario L5K 1B1 Advanced materials producers, clean tech, aerospace, automotive, defense, medical.
Advanced, non-linear optical imaging and microscopy (CARSLab) facility 100 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A2 Oil and gas, mining, material science, manufacturing, cosmetics, food science, pharmaceuticals.
Aerospace manufacturing technologies centre 2107 chemin de Polytechnique Montreal, Quebec H3T 1J4 Aerospace
Altitude icing wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace
Aluminium Technology Centre 501 University Boulevard East Saguenay, Quebec G7H 8C3 Canadian manufacturers of aluminium parts or equipment intended primarily for the transportation industry, in collaboration with major aluminium manufacturers.
Aquatic and crop resource development industry partnership facility 1411 Oxford St, Halifax, NS B3H 3Z1 Agriculture, biotechnology, horticulture.
Aquatic and crop resource development industry partnership facility 110 Gymnasium Pl, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W9 Agriculture, biotechnology, horticulture.
Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array Chajnantor plateau, Chile Astronomy, astrophysics.
Battery testing and optimization facility 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace and satellites; automotive; clean technology; consumer products; defence; security; energy (renewable and fossil); utilities; environmental technologies; life sciences; pharmaceuticals; and medical devices.
Biorefinery pilot plant 6100 Royalmount Avenue Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2 Forestry, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, municipal solid waste, utilities, systems integrators (defence, aerospace, engineering), power plant equipment manufacturers and suppliers (gas turbines, reciprocating engines, combined heat and power units), bioenergy technology developers (anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction).
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Waimea, Hawaii, USA Astronomy, astrophysics.
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre 5071 West Saanich Road Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7 Astronomy and astrophysics, high performance computing.
Canadian Centre for Housing Technology 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction, information and communication technologies, public utilities and manufacturing sectors.
Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Photonics and wide bandgap electronics.
Cavitation Tunnel 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Marine technology sector (to evaluate designs and assess the efficiency, performance and flow of propellers and other underwater objects).
Cell culture pilot plant 6100 Royalmount Avenue Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2 Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Civil infrastructure and related structures testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Infrastructure, construction, defence and security, environmental management and technologies, information and communication technologies, and public utilities.
Climatic testing facility 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Surface transportation, commercial and military equipment, vehicles, and components.
Coastal wave basin 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Designers, owners, operators and regulators of marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Compression and tension testing facility 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Manufacturing of heavy haul freight railcars, passenger railcars, metro/urban transit railcars, tractor trailers and heavy equipment vehicles.
Data Analytics Centre 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, retail, communications, transportation, healthcare, finance, education, utilities.
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory 5071 West Saanich Road Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7 Astronomy and astrophysics.
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory 717 White Lake Road Kaleden, British Columbia V0H 1K0 Astronomy and astrophysics.
Fire safety testing facility 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction, transportation, aerospace and automotive.
Fire safety testing facility National Fire Laboratory Building U96, Concession 8 Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A 1A0 Construction, transportation, aerospace and automotive.
Gas turbine research facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace, energy, renewable energy, oil & gas, marine.
Gas turbine research facilities 100 Test Avenue Thompson, Manitoba Aerospace, energy, renewable energy, oil & gas, marine.
Gemini Observatory Summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, U.S.A. Astronomy and astrophysics.
Gemini Observatory Cerro Pachón, Chile Astronomy and astrophysics.
Heavy structural dynamics lab 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Rail and large vehicle manufacturers.
Heavy vehicle tilt facilities 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Commercial and military equipment and vehicles.
High-discharge flume 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Marine technology designers, owners, operators and regulators looking to verify and improve the performance, efficiency and safety of marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Hydraulics laboratories 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Hygrothermal performance of buildings testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction, information and communication technologies.
Ice tank – 21 m 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Shipping companies, operators of offshore structures in the north and government departments with a northern marine mandate.
Ice tank – 90 m 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Shipping companies, operators of offshore structures in the north, government departments with a northern marine mandate, Arctic navigation, oil and gas development and mineral exploration.
Indoor environment testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction, aerospace, information and communication technologies.
Large area basin 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Large wave flume 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Designers, owners, operators and regulators of marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Laser processing and surface modification facility 800 Collip Circle London, Ontario N6G 4X8 Automotive, aerospace, tooling, defence.
Manufacturing and Automotive Innovation Hub reseach facility 800 Collip Circle London, Ontario N6G 4X8 Automotive, aerospace, tooling, defence.
Marine research station 270 Sandy Cove Road Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia B3V 1K9 Natural health products, bioactive ingredients, health and wellness, dietary supplements, personal care, functional foods and beverages, large carbon dioxide emitters, steel, pulp & paper, oil & gas, energy, manufacturing, aquaculture.
Material emissions testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction, aerospace, surface transportation, furniture manufacturing, air cleaning and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Medical devices research facilities 75 de Mortagne Boulevard Boucherville, Quebec J4B 6Y4 Canadian medical device industry, in collaboration with clinicians, hospitals, other health care providers and health care administrators.
Medical devices research facilities 435 Ellice Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1Y6 Canadian medical device industry, in collaboration with clinicians, hospitals, other health care providers and health care administrators.
Microbial fermentation pilot plant 6100 Royalmount Avenue Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2 Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Microbial fermentation pilot plant 100 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A2 Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Multidirectional wave basin 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Designers, owners, operators and regulators of marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Nanotubes production facility 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Defence and security, sports, aerospace, automotive, health, information and communications technology, transport, energy, paper industries, others.
Offshore engineering basin 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Marine technology designers, operators and regulators, offshore oil and gas companies, naval architects and specialists in evacuation and rescue.
Plant growth facilities 110 Gymnasium Place Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 0W9 Biotechnology, agriculture, bioenergy, natural health products, food and grocery, bioactive ingredients, health and wellness, dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages.
Preclinical in vivo facility 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Printable Electronics lab for digital manufacturing 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Radio frequency identification (RFID)/near field communication (NFC) providers, packaging, printing and security printing, marketing, healthcare and diagnostics, environmental science.
Printable Electronics lab for digital manufacturing 100 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A2 Radio frequency identification (RFID)/near field communication (NFC) providers, packaging, printing and security printing, marketing, healthcare and diagnostics, environmental science.
Printable electronics lab for security applications 75 de Mortagne Boulevard Boucherville, Quebec J4B 6Y4 Printing and security printing, authentication and brand security, healthcare and diagnostics.
Rail vehicle impact ramp 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Rail transportation, container manufacturers, military cargo.
Refrigerated material test laboratory (cold test labs) 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Marine industry, ship designers, naval architects and organizations that have a northern mandate.
Research aircraft fleet Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Aerospace
Reverberant acoustic chamber Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Aerospace
Steel wave flume 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Structural full-scale aerospace testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Aerospace
Towing tank 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Fleet operators, ship and yacht designers, specialists in offshore safety, marine sports teams.
Wheel bearing and brake facility 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Rail transportation, container manufacturers, military cargo.
Zebrafish facility 1411 Oxford Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3Z1 Natural health products, pharmaceuticals, toxicity, efficacy testing, behavioural testing, neuroactivity, bioactivity.