Clean Growth Hub Newsletter: Issue 2

February 2019

Dear Clean Technology Community,

Welcome to the second edition of the Clean Growth Hub's newsletter.  In keeping with our mission to help Canadian clean technology companies and researchers identify the right support for their businesses, this newsletter is your source for the latest on Government of Canada programs and services that support innovation and deployment of clean technology. For a current list of major federal clean technology programs please visit the Clean Growth Hub website.


Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) invites Canadian Venture Capital Funds who invest in clean technology companies to submit an expression of interest for the new $50 million Clean Technology Stream of the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative. Submissions are due March 1, 2019.

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Low Carbon Economy Fund – Partnership Stream, a $50 million stream of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge, is now open to Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities developing projects that will generate clean growth and reduce emissions. Applications are accepted until March 8, 2019.

Canadian Commercial Corporation's new power purchase agreement offering can help smaller firms address the risks associated with long-term power generation deals in developing markets by removing obstacles and making it easier than ever for larger utilities to acquire foreign assets.

Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CEERC) program is open to Indigenous organizations, governments, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations. Second calls for proposals are open under the two program tracks:

NRCan, in collaboration with the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise and the Pembina Institute, launched the Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative. This Initiative is open until March 15, 2019, to individuals from Indigenous remote communities* to help reduce their reliance on diesel for power and heat.

*To qualify as an Indigenous remote community, the community must (1) have a majority Indigenous population, (2) not be connected to the North American electrical grid or the natural gas pipeline network, and (3) be a permanent settlement of at least five years with ten dwellings or more.

NRCan's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative offers repayable contributions to support the construction of an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging, coast-to-coast, network. The funding also supports natural gas infrastructure along key freight corridors and hydrogen infrastructure in metropolitan centres. Applications for the second Request for Proposals under Phase 2 are accepted until May 16, 2019.

In our last newsletter we asked you to consider signing onto Equal by 30, an international principles-based framework that works towards equal pay, equal leadership, and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.  Now, we are inviting you to:

NRCan's Clean Growth Collaboration Community is a private networking platform established by the Office of Energy Research and Development. It offers clean technology innovators a way of finding potential collaborators. The Community is open to private sector entrepreneurs or innovators, federal researchers, academia, representatives of federal/provincial/territorial funding programs, and clean technology adopters. Contact for more information and to request your invitation to join.

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is an United Nations organization that is accelerating the transfer of Canadian clean technology to developing nations in need of low-carbon and climate-resilient solutions. Companies on the CTCN's experts list are able to bid on commercial opportunities through the CTCN and share intelligence with a global network. Twenty-five Canadian for-profit and not-for-profit companies have already joined the CTCN network, and two Canadian firms have secured contracts through the CTCN. There is no cost to join the CTCN. For more information, please contact NRCan at (343)292-7356 or send an e-mail to

Program spotlight

The Department of National Defence's Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program is launching a contest seeking innovative and environmental solutions that address energy generation as well as water and waste management for "pop up cities".

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) must be ready to deploy in any climate at short notice for prolonged periods. The CAF/DND presently rely on a Relocatable Temporary Camp (RTC) concept to house personnel during overseas deployments in isolated and austere locations. This contest is seeking integrated, scalable infrastructure and utilities for deployable camps, able to house between 250 and 4,500 personnel and be deployed in temperate, tropical, frigid and desert zones for periods up to 2 years.

"This will be the first launch of the IDEaS Contests element," said Anton Skorski, Innovation Program Manager for the IDEaS Contests element. "We hope to encourage creative competition among innovators. The official call for proposals will be released soon, along with criteria which will include the challenge definition, assessment criteria, etc.  ‎These will be used to select the best solutions, and the winners will be awarded cash prizes."

For additional information, please send a message to the program via the IDEaS mailbox,, or visit the IDEaS program website, Current Opportunities.

Upcoming clean technology events

Company spotlight

Recent clean technology funding announcements

Don't miss the interesting article by Ziyad Rahme, VP, Investments at SDTC, "Cleantech: a sector of unlimited promise".

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 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.

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