Scientific Support for the National Measurement System program


An effective national measurement system stimulates good measurement practice and relies on agreed upon units and standards for consistent and accurate measurement. The Scientific Support for the National Measurement System (SSNMS) program delivers measurement services and support that foster a more coherent national measurement system for Canada that will lead to improved and informed decision-making for commerce, standards development, regulation and trade agreements.

The SSNMS program ensures that Canada's interests are well-represented internationally by establishing meaningful relationships within government and industry that will result in a better quality of life through improved trade and consumer protection. It further keeps abreast of developments in Metrology Research Centre in order to provide effective science advice and influence related to national and international policy in these domains.


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.

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

Technical and advisory services

The Scientific support for the national measurement system program aims to foster a more coherent national measurement system for Canada by linking metrology (measurement science), quality management, accreditation, and normative standards development as a single conceptual entity that enables fair and safe competition, and provides support for innovation—improving the competitiveness of businesses both domestically and in export markets.

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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.

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

All industry sectors