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Business Performance Consulting

Finance and Innovation Performance

We help improve the overall performance and financing capacity of your R&D, business development, hiring and training and capital expenditure investments.

•       $1.5B in extra financing capacity generated for our clients per year
•       +15 000 R&D and innovation projects supported per year

We have been offering services for over 30 years to improve your Financial and Innovation performance. Our approach, unique in the market, takes place in two key stages: A strategic analysis including a detailed action plan followed by the execution of recommended actions. Performance is the key word in our approach: Adapting our methodology to the context of your company to minimize intrusion into the organization and offering actions with maximum return on investment according to your company's current needs (reducing the cost of developing new products, improving your cash flow, maximizing financing, etc.), measuring the gains obtained and basing our compensation as much as possible on the results obtained. Performance activities in Finance and Innovation include the following categories:

  • Innovation management
  • Tax credits
  • Grants and Government Funding

Our teams include experts in all industries: IT, Automotive, Mechanics, Aerospace, Biotechnology, Chemicals, Pulp and Paper, Agri-Food, Electronics, are just some examples of the industries we specialize in. Whether you have a project to integrate ERP or point of sale systems, acquire a new heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC) system, or market or protect one of your new micro products, our experts understand your issues and implement actions with a direct and measurable impact on your performance.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are the primary source of funding provided by the government. The federal budget alone allocates $7 billion each year towards financing R&D (public or private); of these $ 7 billion, $3 billion are allocated each year to the SR&ED tax credit program. In addition, there is approximately $1 billion in provincial funding also dedicated to R&D.

Moreover, the overview of tax credits is not limited to R&D, and the specifics of each program, including their constant evolution in application policies and recent jurisprudence, and potential interactions between the different programs, require strategic planning and constant support to maximize the benefit of each program.

As mentioned earlier, the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit program is the largest source of R&D funding in Canada. The SR&ED program is part of the Income Tax Act, and while all businesses have the right to claim credits for projects that meet the requirements of the program, it remains complex and evolves according to application policies and jurisprudence. We offer SR&ED management services based on more than 15 years of experience within the program, and undertaken by internal technical and financial experts from all industries. Our proven reputation allows us to actively participate in the drafting of application policies and the development of new CRA services. We offer tailored service levels to meet each of your needs, whether you are a young company with no knowledge of the program or a large, experienced company: Full management of the SR&ED claim process (all inclusive service): Management of the entire claim process, from the identification of eligible projects and expenses, to the defense of the file in case of verification, including the technical aspects of the program, the preparation of forms, and assistance with the submission. A la carte services (pay only for what you need): This service allows more experienced companies to call on our expertise on specific issues. Thus, we offer the following services: • Technical writing • Financial preparation and preparation of forms • Quality control of the claim • Verification simulation • Verification assistance Training and workshops: Ayming offers training services for your teams, either to internalize the process or to update their knowledge on the latest SR&ED trends and jurisprudence. The training service is very flexible, and can be conducted either onsite or by webinar, and adapted to an audience of a few people to hundreds.

The e-business tax credit is exclusive to Quebec. This program provides a 30% tax credit up to $ 25,000 per eligible employee to firms specializing in certain areas of information technology. We have been a pioneer of the program, having submitted claims since its inception, and our teams have constant interactions with Investissement Québec to map the evolution of the program's eligibility context. This program is constantly evolving to keep pace with technological developments. Its regularly adjusted criteria, and its permanent nature since 2015 have lead to a change of direction, with e-business having previously been merely an incentive in the past and now becoming a fully established program subject to the same control requirements as other tax credits. In addition, given the interactions but also the differences between the CDAE and, for example, SR&ED, it is important to have an overall maximization strategy for this program. To help you benefit from the e-business tax credit, we offer: • Complete management of the CDAE claim process (all inclusive service): Management of the entire complaint process, from the identification of eligible activities and employees, to the defense of the file during the audit • A la carte service (pay only for what you need): This service allows more experienced companies to call on our expertise on specific issues. Thus, we offer the following services: • Analysis and positioning of eligibility • Financial preparation and preparation of forms • Quality control of the request • Audit of maximization of CDAE and other tax credits • Audit simulation • Audit assistance

Several provinces offer tax credits for multimedia, digital and interactive activities, however each program has its own subtleties and changes. In addition to the need to maximize these tax credits individually, it is important to have a comprehensive strategy to allocate spending in the right provinces, but also to have a strategy to maximize the interactions between these tax credits and others such as SR&ED. To help you build a solid strategy, We offerscomplete multimedia tax credit management as well as a la carte services to meet your specific needs.

This program, exclusive to Quebec, provides a tax credit of up to 24% for eligible design activities. This program contains 2 panes: a fashion design pane and an industrial design pane. This program is routinely used by industrial companies, since it allows them to fund activities that could be considered routine under SR&ED and would therefor not be eligible as part of a SR&ED claim. In addition, recent developments to the SR&ED program have made the design tax credit program increasingly attractive. We offer both all inclusive and a la carte services to help you benefit from the design tax credit while continuing to maximize your other funding.

This tax deduction, effective January 1, 2017, is commonly referred to as the "Patent Box". It is intended to reduce taxable income by considering income derived from innovation. The relative novelty of this program, as well as its impact on the innovation strategy of your company, requires the use of experts like us who can assist you in the preliminary phases of the program (innovation strategy, intellectual property, SR&ED) as well as the downstream phases (maximization of deduction calculation, audit defense).

If there is another tax credit or deduction for which you have questions or the need for expertise, do not hesitate to contact us. Our expert knowledge reaches beyond the categories mentioned above, and we will be pleased to assist you.

Government Grants & Loans

The Government of Canada offers more than 4,000 programs that, combined, provide over $ 25 billion towards business support. Government funding is undergoing profound changes, with a strong emphasis being put on direct funding such as grants rather than indirect funding such as tax credits. This can be attributed to the release of the Jenkins Report in 2011, which recommended a renewed control of funding through "direct" funding (for example through grants to finance projects directly, as opposed to "indirect" tax credits that usually fund a type of activity, not directly a project). As a result, since 2011, we have seen an increase in subsidy funding.

Grants (whether repayable or not) go far beyond innovation. We help companies access funding in the areas of:

  • Hiring and training
  • Marketing and export
  • Capital investment
  • Energy efficiency and green initiatives
  • R&D and innovation

Today, more than 80% of funding programs are grants. However, in addition to grant programs, the government also offers procurement programs, which are an important source of project funding. In short, if your government funding strategy does not include a combination of tax credits, grants and procurement programs, then your business venture is unlikely to capture all the available funding opportunities. To date, more than 80% of funding programs are grants. Our experience indicates the following reasons why Canadian companies do not fully benefit from government funding programs:

  • There are several thousand programs with varying eligibility criteria, bid dates and application processes. The government funding ecosystem is constantly evolving with the frequent introduction of new programs, the unscheduled end of existing ones or the depletion of funds without public announcement.
  • Program budgets are limited and are generally offered on a competitive basis, making planning your applications key. This should be done simultaneously with project planning.
  • Program budgets are limited and are generally offered on a competitive basis, making planning your applications key. This should be done simultaneously with project planning.
  • Energy efficiency and green initiatives
  • The receipt of direct funds can also have an impact on an organization's SR&ED claim. It is therefore necessary to have a strategy to maximize the combined effects of the programs.

To help you navigate this complex and rapidly changing ecosystem, our approach consists of 3 offers, each one available independently or as a package to better suit your needs.

"An efficient engagement should be accomplished with care"