16,000 +

research and innovation projects funded

$858M +

invested in the last 10 years


invested in 2019-20


researchers in our network

6,000 +



post-secondary partners

6,000 +

international research internships

1,450 +

professional skills courses

22,000 +

training participants

Cultivating success

for cannabis innovators

Mitacs can help
the cannabis industry
innovate and grow

Across Canada, the cannabis industry, like many emerging industries, is poised for expansion. And despite growing pains, the innovation ecosystem — especially as it relates to cannabis technology, research and development — is booming. From propagation and cultivation optimization to sequencing cannabis DNA and exploring nano-CBD technology, the opportunities for innovators continue to abound and evolve.

This wealth of possibilities can be overwhelming though, and the ever-changing cannabis innovation landscape demands that companies be agile, flexible, and able to respond quickly. In order to succeed, businesses need to have resources and expertise.

Mitacs can help you
answer the call

Mitacs has more than 20 years of experience pairing businesses with top-level talent recruited from the best post-secondary institutions across Canada and from around the world. Partnering with Mitacs gives your business access to a vast network of researchers — from college to undergrads to graduates and postdoctoral fellows — who possess the most up-to-date skills, knowledge, and know-how to help you innovate and grow.

How we help you
achieve your goals

  • A Business Development team of 80+, embedded at Canadian post-secondary institutions, identifies the right expertise to address your business challenges
  • Help you recruit highly skilled talent
  • Leverage your budget: because you pay only 50% of the project cost, your money goes further
  • Tap into national research networks

Your key benefits

Leverage your R+D/Innovation budgets

We work with you to develop the scope and the roadmap of the project to achieve your goals

We provide you with access to expertise not available in-house

Success stories

A group of Mitacs Accelerate interns teamed with biosynthetic research firm Algae-C to develop a game-changing process that successfully grows cannabinoids outside of cannabis plants.
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Mitacs intern and “innovation scientist” Tetiana Zmazhenko creates a strategic plan to help market Canadian agriculture products to international buyers and improve the competitive potential of Canadian growers.
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So what are you waiting for?
Access the talent and networks you need to accelerate your growth

Organizations we have worked with

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