Clean Growth Hub Newsletter: Issue 1
Welcome to our first newsletter
Dear Clean Technology Community,
Welcome to the Clean Growth Hub newsletter, your source for information on Government of Canada programs and services that support the innovation and deployment of clean technology. These newsletters will feature program updates, funding announcements, information on key clean technology events and Canadian clean technology success stories. For a current list of major federal clean technology programs please refer to our Clean Growth Hub website.
Innovative Solutions Canada's Plastic Challenges – If you have a novel solution to address the challenges of plastic waste and could benefit from having the Government of Canada as your first buyer, the following grant-based challenges are now open (Deadline of December 12 or 13, 2018):
- Recycling glass fiber-reinforced plastic (Transport Canada)
- Smart food packaging (Environment and Climate Change Canada [ECCC])
- Separating mixed plastics (ECCC)
- Reducing plastic construction waste (ECCC)
- Ocean to plate plastic-free fishing and aquaculture (Fisheries and Oceans Canada [DFO])
- Removing plastic ghost fishing gear and marine debris (DFO)
- Improving bioplastics (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Natural Resources Canada [NRCan])
Youth Internship programs – The Government of Canada has several programs that may help you access good talent.
- NRCan's Green Jobs S&T Internship Program delivers internship opportunities in the natural resources sectors.
- ECCC's Science Horizons Youth Internship Program supports green jobs for youth by offering internship opportunities to recent post-secondary graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- NRC IRAP's Youth Employment Program – Green provides financial assistance to hire young talent for small and medium-sized enterprises who align with the green economy sectors or industries.
Equal by 30 – Consider how your company or organization can support women in clean technology by signing on to this initiative that is working towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030. Take concrete actions to support women in the sector and help close the gender gap.
NRCan's Cleantech Impact Program will invest $75 million over four years in five challenges. The first four to be announced are:
- Crush It! Challenge – Investing $10 million to support a breakthrough innovative process to crush and grind, or otherwise liberate valuable minerals from extracted rock (Deadline of January 15, 2019).
- Power Forward Challenge – Investing $20 million to bring together innovators from Canada and the UK to design solutions for the grid of the future (Deadline of December 17 2018 for SMEs to apply for financial support [optional] and a deadline of March 15 2019 for all applicants to submit full proposal [mandatory]).
- The Sky's the Limit Challenge – Investing $5 million to support Canadian breakthroughs in green aviation fuels (Deadline of February 2019 for the Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition).
- Women in Cleantech Challenge – Six women entrepreneurs are developing their idea into a marketable clean technology solution and are competing for a $1 million prize.
Upcoming clean technology events
Meet our departments and agencies at the following events:
- November 27-29, 2018, Edmonton, Alberta – Join the forum A Canadian Conversation: Climate Change, Clean Growth, and Energy Opportunities in China. Bringing together leaders from industry and the public sector, the event is designed to provide lessons learned from on-the-ground experience of Canadian small and medium-sized companies today and to spark focused dialogue on what is needed to succeed in China's clean technology and energy industries tomorrow.
- January 28-30, 2019, San Francisco, United States – Mark your calendars for the 17th Cleantech Forum San Francisco
- February 26-27, 2019, London, United Kingdom – Participate in B2B meetings, site visits and networking events at the World Water-Tech Innovation Summit with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
- February 27-28, 2019, Toronto, Ontario – Leaders in finance, infrastructure and clean technology meet to capitalize on opportunities in the clean economy at GLOBE Capital
- May 26-29, 2019, Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada hosts the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial
Did you know?
The Clean Growth Hub plays an important role behind the scenes to ensure all possible options are explored to help good clean technology projects find funding. As you might anticipate, the response to federal clean technology programs has been substantial; many programs have received more applications than can be funded. Given the Government's strong commitment to clean growth, the Hub plays a coordinating role between programs to optimize federal clean technology outcomes. If a project with technical merit was not successful in the original program to which it applied, the Hub will contact partners to determine if it might be eligible for funding under another federal program.
Fortress Xylitol and General Fusion are among hundreds of firms with which the Clean Growth Hub has cooperated to advance clean technology projects in Canada.
- The Governments of Canada and Quebec Contribute to Fortress Xylitol's $33M Project
- The Government of Canada sets sights on transformative carbon-free energy technology in British Columbia
Recent clean technology funding announcements
- November 16, 2018, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Ocean Supercluster kicks into high gear. The $153 million investment is provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's (ISED) Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
- November 15, 2018, Montréal, Quebec – Government of Canada invests in innovative satellite technology start-up. The $9.5 million investment in NorthStar Earth and Space Inc. is provided by ISED's Strategic Innovation Fund and the $3.5 million investment is provided by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions' (CED Quebec) Quebec Economic Development Program.
- November 14, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario – Government of Canada supports creation of a new advanced manufacturing facility in Ottawa. The $20 million investment in Ranovus is provided by ISED's Strategic Innovation Fund.
- November 13, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan – Protein Industries Canada Supercluster kicks into high gear. The $153 million investment is provided by ISED's Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
- November 13, 2018, Oakville, Ontario – Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster kicks into high gear. The $230 million investment is provided by ISED's Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
- November 13, 2018, Chapais, Quebec – Government of Canada Supports Diversification and Jobs in Quebec's Forest Industry. $15 million investment in Granule 777 Inc. is provided by Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program and the $5 million investment is provided by CED Quebec's Economic Development Program.
- November 9, 2018, Edmonton, Alberta – Canada Invests in Clean CO2 Conversion Technology. The $2 million investment in Quantiam Technologies Inc. is provided by NRCan's Energy Innovation Program.
- October 26, 2018, Burnaby, British Columbia – Canada sets sights on transformative carbon-free energy technology in British Columbia. The $49.3 million investment is provided by ISED's Strategic Innovation Fund.
- October 26, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan – Canada invests $4.75 million in modernizing Saskatchewan's electrical grid .The funding is provided by NRCan's Smart Grid Program.
- October 19, 2018, Danville, Quebec – Canada invests $12 million in clean technology for the mining industry. The funding is provided by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
- October 17, 2018, Kitimat, British Columbia – Canada invests over $686,000 in bioheat conversion technology for Indigenous Peoples. The funding is provided by NRCan's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program.
- October 9, 2018, Stouffville, Ontario – Canada's first near net-zero supermarket leads the way for a clean energy future. The $1.44 million investment is provided by NRCan's Energy Innovation Program.
- October 3, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario – $58.6 million to support 14 Canadian clean technology companies from 4 provinces. The funding is provided by SDTC.
- September 18, 2018, Toronto, Ontario – Canada's women entrepreneurs impress at the Women in Cleantech Challenge live pitch session. The funding is provided by NRCan and MaRS Discovery District through the Women in Clean in Cleantech Challenge.
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Clean Growth Hub is a whole-of-government focal point for clean technology focused on supporting companies and projects, coordinating programs and tracking results. The Hub's team of experts from across government helps companies pursuing clean technology projects to identify and navigate the federal programs and supports most relevant to their needs. Hub representatives also provide advice and connections regarding regulatory, standards, government procurement, and skills and training matters; and help connect companies to international markets.
Participating departments and agencies
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Business Development Bank of Canada
- Canadian Commercial Corporation
- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Export Development Canada
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Global Affairs Canada (Trade Commissioner Service)
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Co-Chair)
- Indigenous Services Canada
- National Research Council Canada
- Natural Resources Canada (Co-Chair)
- Standards Council of Canada
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada
- Transport Canada
- Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Centre for Greening Government
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