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About the Interactive Visits program

The Interactive Visit program provides you with up to 20 hours of access to the equipment, facilities, and expertise of a Technology Access Centre (TAC) to solve your innovation challenge.

TACs are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly-funded colleges. TACs help innovative Canadian firms get their products, services, and processes closer to market by: offering specialized technical services and objective advice; providing training related to new types of technology, equipment, and processes; and conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems.

Which TAC can help me?

The Jump Ball Initiative taps into the innovative capacity and capabilities of the network of Canada’s 60 Technology Access Centres, including over 2,000 business innovation experts and 4 million square feet of dedicated applied research space.

We have a dedicated point person at each of the 60 TACs eager to respond to your innovation-related inquiry if their TAC is equipped to assist.

Simply click below to fill out the form describing your innovation challenge. We will distribute the request to all members and, within three business days, provide you with a curated list of TACs who are ready, willing and able to assist.

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About the TACs and Tech-Access Canada

Begin scientific research, translate into applied research and development, ie: paper studies of a technology's basic properties.

Canada's 60 Technology Access Centres (TACs) are specialized applied research & development centres affiliated with publicly-funded colleges and cégeps.

Each TAC 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:

  • offering objective advice and specialized technical services;
  • providing training related to new types of equipment and processes; and
  • conducting applied research and development projects focused on company problems.

Tech-Access Canada's Member TACs

You can learn more about each of these Centre's capabilities and expertise at MeetTheTACs.ca.

If a college research centre you were hoping to work with is not on this list, please contact Tech-Access Canada or NRC-IRAP for more information.