Metrology for Industry and Society program


As an essential ingredient in quality infrastructure, metrological calibration and certified reference materials are sought after and required in all industrial sectors as well as in a growing number of regulatory agencies. The Metrology for Industry and Society (MIS) program provides calibration services designed to help manufacturers and end-users of precision instruments achieve the highest possible levels of measurement quality and productivity.

The MIS program develops, improves and delivers metrology services to support industrial competitiveness and regulatory compliance in existing and evolving market sectors. It equally enables vital Canadian industries, where high-precision and credible measurement have a significant impact on market success, to better compete, conform and connect on a global stage in the target sectors of energy, health and industrial processing.


Collaborate with us

Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.

Collaboration opportunities

NRC is actively seeking partners and collaborators in the development of new measurement/calibration standards, measurement instruments and Certified Reference Materials.

Collaborator benefits

NRC serves as an integrated R&D extension to your team. We can de risk product development and add significant value to your projects by offering state-of-the-art facilities, and by mobilizing highly credible metrology infrastructure and intelligence.

As a partner, you can rely on us for accurate, traceable measurements that define the national standard and are in line with international requirements. We are uniquely qualified to conduct measurement research and provide metrological services.

We build relationships across industry and government to ensure that we are able to effectively and efficiently serve the marketplace.

Technical and advisory services

The Metrology for industry and society program responds to evolving national measurement needs, delivering research and technical services to clients in targeted sectors of the economy where high precision and credible measurement have a significant impact on market success.

The program focuses on:

  • Biotoxin metrology
  • Chemical metrology
  • Electrical power measurements
  • Electrical standards
  • Frequency and time
  • Ionizing radiation standards
  • Mechanical metrology (dimensional, mass, volume and acoustical)
  • Photometry, radiometry and thermometry
Research facilities

Partners and clients have access to NRC Metrology Research Centre national research and technology development facilities located in Halifax and Ottawa. These world-class facilities feature leading-edge equipment, such as:

  • precision instrumentation for mass measurement (vacuum and watt balances);
  • world-leading single-ion optical frequency determination;
  • a comprehensive suite of mass spectrometers for speciation and quantification; and
  • a variety of advanced microscopes that open the door to the nanoscale.
Licensing opportunities

NRC Metrology Research Centre has developed a number of software programs, processes and technologies that are available for licensing. To discuss licensing opportunities that fit your specific needs and conditions, contact us today.

Contact us

Our services benefit scientists and researchers in any industry where high-precision measurement is critical to market success. To find out how we can support your business, contact:

Martin Rutter, Business Advisor
Telephone: 613-990-6439

Targeted industries

Energy, health and industrial processing