Manitoba Research Council
The Manitoba Research Council (MRC) was established by an Act of the Manitoba legislature in 1963. In 1971, after a period of inactivity, MRC began to provide technical assistance to industry and small research grants to university and business scientists. Federal-provincial funding provided permanent facilities: in 1978 a laboratory for research on food, beverages and feeds; in 1979-80 a centre to encourage manufacturers to use existing knowledge effectively, especially in the areas of electronics, materials research and building systems. MRC falls under the Manitoba Dept of Industry, Trade and Technology, which provides most of the funding. Facilities include the Canadian Food Products Development Centre, Portage la Prairie, and the Industrial Technology Centre, Winnipeg. MRC provides free to low-charge technical advice to small businesses, administers grants for research, and advises government ministers on the allocation of funds for scientific and technical research.