16,000 +

research and innovation projects funded


invested in 2019-20

$858M +

invested in the last 10 years


researchers in our network

6,000 +

industry partners


post-secondary partners

6,000 +

international research internships

1,450 +

professional skills courses

22,000 +

training participants
Advanced manufacturing
Advanced manufacturing

New 5G technologies networks

will inspire innovations not yet imagined


Bringing 5G to life

When Canada’s 5G network launches, its blisteringly fast speeds will impact every aspect of our lives, from communication and transportation to healthcare, entertainment and even agriculture. As a result, opportunities will abound for Canadian companies looking to develop groundbreaking new 5G-era systems.

The estimated economic impact of 5G deployment in Canada will reach $40 billion of annual GDP uplift by 2026, and 250,000 permanent jobs added to the Canadian economy in that time.

Skilled R&D talent, funding, and project management capabilities are essential to ensure any innovative systems or products meet the demands of a hyper-connected world — but acquiring those key elements can be challenging for Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Mitacs connects your business
to vital 5G resources

Mitacs has been fostering successful partnerships between industry and academia for more than 20 years, helping businesses recruit high-value graduate and postdoctoral interns from universities across Canada and abroad. Access to these skilled talent pools provides companies the researchers and innovation needed to bring next-generation 5G solutions to market in an efficient, fully managed and cost-effective way.

ENCQOR — a partnership between the Governments of Canada, Ontario and Quebec, and leading technology companies — will invest $400 million over five years to bring together a pre-commercial corridor of 5G wireless technologies in Ontario and Quebec.

Did you know?

  • According to the CWTA (Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association), 5G technology will provide Canadian wireless networks with a 100x increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency
  • 10 percent — the potential reduction in traffic congestion by implementing 5G smart traffic management technology
  • 5G precision agriculture technology can reduce farmers’ use of pesticides by 85 percent
  • 5G-enabled smart grid technology can reduce household energy consumption by 12 percent
  • 5G technology can help extend broadband coverage to rural communities across Canada

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


Mitacs Globalink interns Ishita Saraswat (India) and Aymen Brahim (Tunisia) work on developing a smartphone app that creates a virtual community platform to identify and record inaccessibility issues in real time.
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Canadian remote-monitoring firm Rimot teams with Mitacs-funded researchers to investigate how tapping the Internet of Things (IoT) can improve the accuracy, functionality, and efficiency of...
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Monica Wachowicz

When Nova Scotia remote monitoring firm Rimot needed help refining its advanced mobile radio infrastructure, they turned to Mitacs Accelerate intern and University of New Brunswick (UNB) postdoctoral fellow Hung Cao, and a multidisciplinary Mitacs-funded research team from UNB, Dalhousie University and Acadia University.

5G is comprised of several technologies that incorporate previous versions of wireless mobile systems, while utilising the existing fixed network, at least initially, for wireless radio access and transport. To make the most of 5G, Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) must make significant investments in their core networks, including spectrum. 

5G and dynamic research ecosystems

The joint initiative — cofounded by Ciena, Mitacs, ÉTS, University of Ottawa, the Platform Lab at Stanford University, Humanitas and TRIA Network Systems — is part of ENCQOR’s (Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation) 5G partnership.

5G Ciena Omran Yousra

Originally from Tunisia, Omran — an Electrical Engineering PhD candidate from Laval University, whose PhD research revolved around submarine networks — was weighing her post-graduation options when she discovered, and applied to, the Mitacs Accelerate internship program at Ciena because of its key project at the time: developing algorithms to increase network capacity for land and submarine networks. It was a perfect fit.

Canada’s 5G network is the next step in wireless communication. It will increase mobile speeds to 100 times what they are now, and allow for a wide array of real-time applications in all areas of life.

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