Research 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 Location Areas of R&D Categories Targeted industries
0.9 m wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Health Sciences; Transportation Building construction; Sports; Aerospace; Automotive Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, energy.
1.5 m trisonic wind tunnel Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Construction; Health Sciences; Transportation Building construction; Sports; Aerospace; Automotive Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, energy.
2 m x 3 m wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Health Sciences; Transportation Building construction; Sports; Aerospace; Automotive Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, energy.
3 m x 6 m icing wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Health Sciences; Transportation Building construction; Sports; Aerospace; Automotive Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, marine.
9 m wind tunnel Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Construction; Health Sciences; Transportation Building construction; Sports; Aerospace; Automotive Aerospace, automotive and surface transportation, construction, energy.
Advanced, non-linear optical imaging and microscopy (CARSLab) facility 100 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A2 Agriculture and aquaculture; Energy, mining and environment; Health Sciences; Measurement Science; Transportation Agriculture; Environment; Mining; Oil and gas; Pharmacology; Microscopy; Automotive Oil and gas, mining, material science, manufacturing, cosmetics, food science, pharmaceuticals.
Aerospace manufacturing technologies centre 5145 Decelles Avenue Montreal, Quebec H3T 2B2 Transportation Aerospace Aerospace
Algal Biorefinery 585 Water St South Saint Marys, Ontario Energy, mining and environment; Health Sciences Environment; Renewable energy; Biology/Biotechnology Cement, oil & gas, steel, pulp & paper, energy, manufacturing.
Altitude icing wind tunnel 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Health Sciences; Transportation Building construction; Sports; Aerospace; Automotive Aerospace
Aluminium Technology Centre 501 University Boulevard East Saguenay, Quebec G7H 8C3 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Mining; Aerospace; Automotive 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;
  • 110 Gymnasium Pl, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W9
Agriculture and aquaculture; Health Sciences Agriculture; Aquaculture; Biology/Biotechnology; Nutrition Agriculture, biotechnology, horticulture.
Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array Chajnantor plateau, Chile Astronomy and astrophysics Astronomy technology; Radio astronomy Astronomy, astrophysics.
Biorefinery pilot plant 6100 Royalmount Avenue Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2 Agriculture and aquaculture; Energy, mining and environment Agriculture; Environment; Renewable energy 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 and astrophysics Astronomy technology; Optical astronomy Astronomy, astrophysics.
Canadian Astronomy Data Centre 5071 West Saanich Road Victoria, British Columbia V9E 2E7 Astronomy and astrophysics Astronomy technology; Optical astronomy; Radio astronomy Astronomy and astrophysics, high performance computing.
Canadian Centre for Housing Technology 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Energy, mining and environment; Information & Communications technology Building construction; Public utilities; Environment; Utilities; Electronics/Semiconductors Construction, information and communication technologies, public utilities and manufacturing sectors.
Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Information & Communications technology Electronics/Semiconductors; Photonics Photonics and wide bandgap electronics.
Cavitation Tunnel 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Health Sciences Biology/Biotechnology; Pharmacology Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Civil infrastructure and related structures testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Energy, mining and environment; Information & Communications technology Building construction; Civil infrastructure; Public utilities; Environment; Utilities; Electronics/Semiconductors 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 Defence and security; Transportation Physical security; Automotive; Cargo Surface transportation, commercial and military equipment, vehicles, and components.
Coastal wave basin 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Transportation Cargo; Rail 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 Information & Communications technology Data analytics 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 Optical astronomy Astronomy and astrophysics.
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory 717 White Lake Road Kaleden, British Columbia V0H 1K0 Astronomy and astrophysics Radio astronomy Astronomy and astrophysics.
Fire safety testing facility
  • 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6;
  • National Fire Laboratory Building U96, Concession 8 Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A 1A0
Construction; Transportation Fire safety; Aerospace; Automotive Construction, transportation, aerospace and automotive.
Gas turbine research facilities
  • 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6;
  • 100 Test Avenue Thompson, Manitoba
Energy, mining and environment Renewable energy Aerospace, energy, renewable energy, oil & gas, marine.
Gemini Observatory
  • Summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, U.S.A.;
  • Cerro Pachón, Chile
Astronomy and astrophysics Astronomy technology; Optical astronomy Astronomy and astrophysics.
Heavy structural dynamics lab 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Defence and security; Transportation Physical security; Cargo; Rail Rail and large vehicle manufacturers.
Heavy vehicle tilt facilities 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Defence and security; Transportation Physical security; Automotive; Cargo; Rails Commercial and military equipment and vehicles.
High-discharge flume 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Construction; Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Marine technology; Environment; Renewable energy; Marine Marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Hygrothermal performance of buildings testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Construction; Energy, mining and environment; Information & Communications technology Building construction; Environment; Electronics/Semiconductors Construction, information and communication technologies.
Ice tank – 21 m 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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; Energy, mining and environment; Information & Communications technology; Transportation Building construction; Environment; Electronics/Semiconductors; Aerospace; Automotive Construction, aerospace, information and communication technologies.
Industrial partnership facility for biotechnology Health Sciences Biology/Biotechnology
Large area basin 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine Marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Large wave flume 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Defence and security; Transportation Physical security; Aerospace; Automotive Automotive, aerospace, tooling, defence.
Marine research station 270 Sandy Cove Road Ketch Harbour, Nova Scotia B3V 1K9 Agriculture and aquaculture; Energy, mining and environment; Health Sciences Aquaculture; Environment; Biology/Biotechnology 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; Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Building construction; Environment; Aerospace; Automotive 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;
  • 435 Ellice Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1Y6
Health Sciences Medical technology 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;
  • 100 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A2
Energy, mining and environment; Health Sciences Environment; Biology/Biotechnology; Nutrition; Pharmacology Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Multidirectional wave basin 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Energy, mining and environment; Health Sciences; Information & Communications technology; Transportation Renewable energy; Sports; Electronics/Semiconductors; Print technology; Aerospace; Automotive Defence and security, sports, aerospace, automotive, health, information and communications technology, transport, energy, paper industries, others.
NRC collaborative open space for manufacturing and automotive innovation 800 Collip Circle London, Ontario N6G 4X8 Transportation Automotive Automotive, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Offshore engineering basin 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Agriculture and aquaculture; Health Sciences Agriculture; Nutrition 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 Health Sciences Biology/Biotechnology Biotechnology, biopharmaceutical.
Printable Electronics lab for digital manufacturing
  • 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6;
  • 100 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5A2
Information & Communications technology Electronics/Semiconductors; Print technology 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 Defence and security; Information & Communications technology Physical security; Electronics/Semiconductors; Print technology Printing and security printing, authentication and brand security, healthcare and diagnostics.
Rail vehicle impact ramp 2320 Lester Road Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1S2 Transportation Cargo; Rail Rail transportation, container manufacturers, military cargo.
Refrigerated material test laboratory (cold test labs) 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine Marine industry, ship designers, naval architects and organizations that have a northern mandate.
Research aircraft fleet Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Transportation Aerospace Aerospace
Reverberant acoustic chamber Research Road Ottawa, Ontario Transportation Aerospace Aerospace
Steel wave flume 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine Marine infrastructure, marine vehicles, marine operations and related technologies.
Structural full-scale aerospace testing facilities 1200 Montreal Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 Transportation Aerospace Aerospace
Towing tank 1 Arctic Ave. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 3T5 Energy, mining and environment; Transportation Oil and gas; Renewable energy; Marine 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 Transportation Cargo; Rail Rail transportation, container manufacturers, military cargo.
Zebrafish facility 1411 Oxford Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3Z1 Health Sciences Biology/Biotechnology; Pharmacology Natural health products, pharmaceuticals, toxicity, efficacy testing, behavioural testing, neuroactivity, bioactivity.
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