Frequently asked questions: Clean Growth Hub

What is the Clean Growth Hub?

The 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 clean technology developers and adopters identify the federal programs and services most relevant to their needs. Hub representatives can also help answer questions regarding policy, regulations, accessing federal laboratories, procurement and skills/training related to clean technology.

Which federal departments and agencies are participating in the Clean Growth Hub?

The Clean Growth Hub is a new service model that provides access to representatives of a number of federal departments and agencies with policies or programs that support clean technology. Most are co-located together in Ottawa (or participate virtually) but serve all of Canada. This model leverages existing knowledge, expertise and working relationships while providing an easy, single point of contact for clean technology users and producers.

Participating departments and agencies include:

  • 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)
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Co-Chair)
  • 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)
What are clean technologies?

Clean technologies are defined as any process, good, or service that reduces environmental impacts through:

  • Environmental protection activities that prevent, reduce, or eliminate pollution or any other degradation of the environment;
  • Resource management activities that result in the more efficient use of natural resources, thus safeguarding against their depletion; or
  • The use of goods that have been adapted to be significantly less energy or resource intensive than the industry standard.

(Source: Statistics Canada)

How much funding is available?

The Clean Growth Hub helps stakeholders access the over $2.3 billion in Budget 2017 funding dedicated to clean technology, as well as other existing Government of Canada funding. The Hub does not provide funding directly to companies and stakeholders.

Does the Clean Growth Hub provide funding?

No, the Clean Growth Hub does not provide funding directly to companies and stakeholders. Clients must apply directly to programs. The Hub is meant to facilitate connections and help potential applicants navigate the federal funding landscape. It will also provide advice and information regarding policy, regulatory and procurement issues.

Do companies need to go through the Clean Growth Hub to get program funding?

No, the Clean Growth Hub is meant to facilitate connections and help potential applicants navigate the federal funding landscape. The Hub offers no-wrong-door access and provides a single, easy point of contact for connecting with clean technology programs and services. It will not take the place of existing funding or assessment processes and applicants can apply directly to programs.

How do I contact the Clean Growth Hub?

Send us an email at to get started. We will ask you for some basic details about your company and your project.  Then, we will review your information and get back to you, answer any of your questions and connect you with the programs and services that may be right for you.

We are committed to serving our clients in a prompt, reliable, professional and fair manner. Learn about our service standards.

What services will the Clean Growth Hub provide?

The Clean Growth Hub will:

  • Help in navigating federal clean technology programs and services at the right stage for a specific company or project
  • Provide advice and information regarding policy, regulatory and procurement issues;
  • Improve the effectiveness of federal clean technology activities; and,
  • Track outcomes by ensuring comprehensive data collection, coordinated metrics, and reporting of results.
Are Clean Growth Hub services targeted at a certain type of company?

Services are available to firms of all sizes in the clean technology space, and across all sectors of the economy, recognizing that proponents will be at different stages of development with different needs.

We would love to speak to you if your project:

  • Is a clean technology that improves business performance;
  • Is new, novel or not widely commercially available; and
  • Uses resources more responsibly and reduces or eliminates negative environmental impact.
How does the Clean Growth Hub tie into provincial support provided for clean technology?

While Clean Growth Hub services will initially focus on connecting proponents to federal investments, it will gradually expand its network to connect proponents to relevant provincial, territorial, municipal, private sector and international networks and resources, whenever possible.

What is a company's Technology Readiness Level (TRL)?

Technology Readiness Levels Technology readiness levels (TRLs) are used to measure and evaluate the maturity of a specific innovation. TRL definitions are below:

Technology readiness levels definitions
Technology readiness level Definition
TRL 1—Basic principles observed and reported Lowest level of technology readiness. Scientific research begins to be translated into applied research and development. Examples might include paper studies of a technology's basic properties.
TRL 2—Technology concept and/or application formulated Invention begins. Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. Applications are speculative, and there may be no proof or detailed analysis to support the assumptions.
TRL 3—Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept Active research and development is initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology.
TRL 4—Product and/or process validation in laboratory environment Basic technological products and/or processes are tested to establish that they will work.
TRL 5—Product and/or process validation in relevant environment Reliability of product and/or process innovation increases significantly. The basic products and/or processes are integrated so they can be tested in a simulated environment.
TRL 6—Product and/or process prototype demonstration in a relevant environment Prototypes are tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology's demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a simulated operational environment.
TRL 7—Product and/or process prototype demonstration in an operational environment Prototype near or at planned operational system and requires demonstration of an actual prototype in an operational environment (e.g. in a vehicle).
TRL 8—Actual product and/or process completed and qualified through test and demonstration Innovation has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development.
TRL 9—Actual product and/or process proven successful Actual application of the product and/or process innovation in its final form or function.
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