Clean Growth Hub Newsletter: Issue 3
Dear Clean Technology Community,
In keeping with our mission to help Canadian clean technology companies and researchers identify the right support for their businesses and projects, 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.
In this edition
- Spotlight on intellectual property
- Upcoming clean technology events
- Recent clean technology funding announcements
- Focus on the Clean Growth Hub
Transport Canada's Clean Transportation System Research and Development Program provides up to $100,000 to projects that help reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation, marine and rail sectors. Eligible projects include researching, developing, testing or deploying clean technologies. Apply by May 8, 2019.
Transport Canada's Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative Program provides up to $50,000 to projects that address the effects of climate change on northern transportation systems. The three streams are: asset/site-specific research; development, testing and/or deployment of transferrable tools, technologies and practices; and training and exchanges. Apply by May 13, 2019.
Environment and Climate Change Canada's Climate Action Fund provides up to $250,000 to projects that raise awareness of climate change and build capacity in order to increase climate actions that contribute to Canada's clean growth and climate change plan. Apply by May 13, 2019.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Agriculture Strategic Priorities Program provides up to $1 million per year to projects that help facilitate the sector's ability to address emerging issues and capitalize on opportunities. The four priority areas are: adoption of new technology; environmental sustainability; strategic development and capacity building; and emerging issues. Apply at any point during the life of the program, until available funds have been fully allocated.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) provides financial assistance for industrial energy management projects and can cover up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000 for the implementation.
Spotlight on intellectual property
Speed up your patent applications for clean technology inventions
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is responsible for the administration of intellectual property (IP) in Canada, including trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyright. Did you know that CIPO offers an expedited examination process for clean technology patents, at no additional fee? The accelerated examination service is intended to assist in reducing the time it takes to patent clean technology inventions, enabling businesses to bring them to market more rapidly.
How to apply for an expedited examination:
- Submit a written request to the patent office asking for an expedited examination.
- Submit a declaration stating that your application relates to clean technology and that commercializing it would help to resolve or mitigate environmental impacts or conserve the natural environment and resources (see subsection 28(1) of the Patent Rules).
For more information, visit CIPO's resources:
- Clean technology and intellectual property fact sheet
- Speed up your patent applications for clean technology inventions
- IP for business
Did you know?
NRCan's IP portfolio and opportunities for licensing for clean technologies
NRCan has an extensive IP portfolio consisting of training and workshop material, software and a number of revolutionary technologies available to the public for use through various licensing agreements.
View NRCan's IP portfolio and search for technologies by the relevant industry and NAICS code. Each IP technology in NRCan's portfolio includes a link to the CIPO website with abstracts, representative drawings and additional information. To inquire about a licensing agreement, visit Intellectual Property at NRCan.
Upcoming clean technology events
- View the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service's 2019-2020 calendar of activities supporting Canadian clean technology exporters around the world.
- May 20 to 23, Toronto, Ontario — Collision
- This annual technology conference brings in over 25,000 attendees, featuring a range of disruptive emerging technology companies. Participate in the "Planet : tech" conference program track and explore topics like the environmental crisis on land and at sea, sustainability in business and the rise of green energy. Meet representatives of the Clean Growth Hub at the exhibit.
- May 21 to 24, Vancouver, British Columbia — f-cell+HFC2019
- The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program are inviting small and medium-sized enterprises, research organizations and other stakeholders in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry from Canada and Europe to join a technology and innovation matchmaking. For more information, contact: Arndt Ulland, Embassy of Canada to Germany.
- May 26 to 29, Vancouver, British Columbia – 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial (CEM19/MI-4)
- Canada is bringing together government delegates, international organizations and industry leaders from over 25 countries working on innovative technologies for a clean energy future. Meet representatives of the Clean Growth Hub at the Innovation Showcase.
Recent clean technology funding announcements
- April 30, Montreal, Quebec — Canada announces six Crush It! Mining Challenge finalists to advance toward $5-million grand prize to be provided by NRCan.
- April 25, Burlington, Ontario — Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada invests up to $11.2 million under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Canada's bioeconomy to help provide opportunities for farmers and grow the clean economy.
- April 18, North Vancouver, British Columbia — Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) invests $3 million in clean technology for greenhouse pest management.
- April 16, Richmond, British Columbia — SDTC invests $4.4 million in world-leading clean water technology.
- April 15, Mont-Laurier, Quebec — The Governments of Canada and Quebec support forest innovation and job retention. NRCan allocates a non-repayable contribution of $4.9 million from the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions provides a repayable contribution of $1 million.
- March 27, Ottawa, Ontario — Export Development Canada provides financing of $1 million for Canadian clean technology company connecting remote parts of the world.
- March 13, Calgary, Alberta – Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) invests up to $5.9 million through the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support climate action by City of Calgary.
- March 11, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — ECCC invests up to $3.5 million through the Low Carbon Economy Challenge Champions stream to support climate action by Enwave Energy Corporation.
- March 11, Toronto, Ontario — ECCC invests up to $2.7 million through the Low Carbon Economy Challenge Champions stream to support climate action by ZooShare Biogas Co-Operative.
- March 11, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador — Fisheries and Oceans Canada invests more than $1.5 million through the Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program to support clean economic growth in Atlantic Canada.
- March 7, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta — Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada invests $49 million through the Strategic Innovation Fund in green production of highly recyclable plastics.
Focus on the Clean Growth Hub
We are featured in the Twenty-Sixth Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada as an example of diversity of perspectives.
"It is incredibly interesting to work with people who come from various different departmental cultures and interests and see the impact a common purpose can have. I am most proud of helping to build those relationships and continuing to foster them to increase collaboration across departments to improve clean technology outcomes."
— Mackenzie Larwill, Senior Analyst
Natural Resources Canada
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.
Our 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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