The Quantum Colaboratory (Quantum Colab) is a world-leading research and development environment that brings quantum technology to life. Quantum technology is changing the way we understand and control the nanoscale world. It is important for information processing, flow and security, and enabling new efficiencies for sensing related to health, medicine, environment, and navigation – and new discoveries in science and engineering. It is at the foundation of a new commercial enterprise.

Quantum technology demands new approaches to device development. Our three-university partnership between Waterloo, Sherbrooke and British Columbia brings unique tools and knowledgeable staff across the Quantum Innovation Cycle.

The Quantum Colab’s mission supports the broad quantum community in reaching the precision, complexity and control necessary to realize the quantum promise.

Quantum Innovation Cycle

The cycle is built upon five core elements

The cycle begins with growing quantum materials and is closed by simulating quantum materials. In between, we characterize materials, build devices, and integrate them into processors. Each successive generation of materials and devices provides new insights into the design and working of quantum systems.

User Access

The Quantum Colab enables all interested users – academics, non-profits and industries – to benefit from the highly specialized capabilities within the Quantum Innovation Cycle and to undertake world-class research and technology development. The distributed locations across Canada provide ease of access to shared infrastructure, streamlined training, and the benefit of an expert team of specialized technical staff within easy reach. The integrated capabilities of the Quantum Colab uniquely enable a new set of projects and technology development outcomes that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Becoming a Quantum Colab user is simple: see How to start using the Quantum Colaboratory.

Our Impact

New Quantum Colab resource capability enabled through joint workflows and processes

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Strengthening material growth expertise through staff visits

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The Quantum Colab user meeting connected users and staff across the three nodes

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Quantum Colab three step process for managing oversubscriptions

In managing oversubscriptions, the goals are three-fold: to enable as much and as high-quality research outcomes as possible; to run the Quantum Colab as an open and welcoming resource to all; and to provide an easy path for new users to access training and tools. With these goals in mind, a three-step process is used to manage oversubscription as follows:


increase user efficiency;


increase tool availability;


make use of the International Scientific Advisory Committee.

Read the “Process for Addressing Oversubscribed Tools” to learn more about how the Quantum Colab ensures optimal and equitable access to its facility equipment and services.