Lab work: The industry is expected to return to growth as corporate profit and business sentiment improve

The Scientific Research and Development industry in Canada includes organizations conducting physical, engineering and life sciences research, but does not include private research and development (R&D) conducted in-house at corporations. Private enterprises represent the majority of industry clients and funding. However, due to low corporate profit margins during much of the period, enterprise investment remained low for much of the five years to 2019. Government funding for R&D is expected to grow as the current administration has made investment in Canadian research a priority. New enterprises have entered the market, encouraged by targeted funding toward technological and innovative research areas. This has led to fragmentation in the industry...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$9bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-3.7%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
45,174
Businesses
5,001
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Government funding for R&D is expected to grow as the current administration has made investment in Canadian research a priority
  • The government supported the industry by increasing investment and funding programs
  • Steady profitability is forecast to boost industry funding
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry in the Scientific Research and Development industry in Canada are very high. Capital costs associated with setting up a new research facility are typically enormous as laboratories and other centres require state-of-the-art research equipment and skilled staff that are able to successfully operate equipment. Prospective entrants would require a substantial amount of liquid capital to hire skilled employees, as typical government contracts and corporate sponsorship will not be won prior to setup and proven ability of research capabilities.In addition to large capital costs, companies will typically have to navigate a variety of regulation that is preventive to new players. Regulation differs depending on the field of science. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Scientific Research & Development Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Scientific Research & Development Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Provision of appropriate facilities
  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Research and development expenditure and Corporate profit in the Scientific Research & Development industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Scientific Research & Development Industry?

    This industry conducts physical, engineering or life sciences research and development (R&D). This industry does not include operators such as pharmaceutical or manufacturing companies that may undertake R&D to support operations. Government entities are also excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Environmental research
  • Natural resources and energy research
  • Health and life sciences research
  • Information and communications research
  • Industry Activities
  • Engineering and technology research
  • Electrical engineering research
  • Software engineering research
  • Mechanical engineering research
  • Medical and health sciences research
  • Natural and formal sciences research
  • Agricultural, forestry and fisheries research
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Research and development expenditure
  • Corporate profit
  • Government expenditure and investment
  • Overnight rate

  • Current Performance
  • Corporate investment
  • Government support
  • Capitalization struggle
  • Opportunity spurs entrants
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Private product development
  • Federal government’s Innovation Agenda
  • Industry expansion
  • Table: Scientific Research & Development Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Scientific Research & Development Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting In Canada
  • Mining In Canada
  • Utilities In Canada
  • Manufacturing In Canada
  • Educational Services In Canada
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance In Canada
  • Public Administration in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Product Manufacturing in Canada
  • Colleges & Universities in Canada
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance In Canada
  • Laboratory Testing Services in Canada
  • Medical Device Manufacturing in Canada
  • Scientific & Economic Consulting in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Health and life sciences research
  • Other
  • Environmental research
  • Information and communications research
  • Natural resources and energy research
  • Chart: Scientific Research & Development Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Higher education sector
  • Federal government
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Provincial government
  • Private businesses
  • Foreign sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Scientific Research & Development Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesProfitDepreciationMarketingRentUtilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Scientific Research & Development

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Scientific Research & Development Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Scientific Research & Development Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Scientific Research & Development Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Research and development expenditure (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Formal Sciences
  • Science concerned with fields including logic, mathematics, statistics and theoretical computer science.
  • Life Sciences
  • Refers to biotechnology, biological sciences and other medical sciences.
  • Nanotechnology
  • The study of controlling matter on an atomic and molecular scale.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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