Clean Technology Data Strategy
Clean technology activity in Canada contributes to clean growth and the transition to a low-carbon economy. It provides environmental solutions to issues such as climate change, air and water pollution, and resource scarcity. Clean technologies also contribute to economic growth and diversification by increasing access to international markets and creating well-paying jobs for Canadians.
The economic and environmental impacts of clean technologies in Canada can be difficult to clearly measure as clean technology activities cut across all major economic sectors. That is why the Government of Canada provided $14.5 million over four years in Budget 2017 to establish the Clean Technology Data Strategy (CTDS). This Strategy aims to ensure data is available to understand the economic and environmental contribution of clean technologies in Canada.
The Strategy, which is a joint initiative led by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), the Clean Growth Hub, and Statistics Canada (StatCan), supports the collection of data and regular reporting on clean technology activities. Better data strengthens the evidence-base for decisions, improves the understanding of the emerging clean technology landscape, and ensures the creation of impactful policies and programs to support the production and adoption of clean technology.
Three components of the CTDS
The CTDS has three main components:
Development and dissemination of authoritative clean technology statistics
(led by Statistics Canada)
Expand the collection and production of statistics and macroeconomic indicators on the clean technology economy.
(led by Natural Resources Canada)
Collect firm-level data to establish a common set of indicators across industries, allowing a better understanding of challenges and opportunities faced by clean technology companies.
(led by Clean Growth Hub)
Use existing administrative data to track impacts of government programs that support clean technology.
Ongoing engagement with key stakeholders
Provincial and territorial, federal and industry partners are engaged on an ongoing basis so that outputs of the CTDS will respond to current and emerging information needs.
Authoritative statistics and macroeconomic component (StatCan in cooperation with NRCan and ISED)
Canada was among the first countries in the world to measure the impact of clean technologies and environmental goods and services on a national level and commit to the regular publication of data on clean technology to inform decision-making, improve knowledge, and foster innovation.
The statistics and macroeconomic component of the CTDS consists of foundational economic and independent data published by Statistics Canada:
- The Environmental and Clean Technology Products Economic Account (ECTPEA) provides information on the economic impact of clean technology and environmental products by measuring its share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment. Other economic variables such as exports, imports and output are also measured.
- The Natural Resources Satellite Account (NRSA) provides the same economic variables as ECTPEA, but for the natural resources sectors, including the energy, mining and forest sector.
- The Survey of Environmental Goods and Services (SEGS) collects data on sales and exports of environmental and clean technology goods and services in order to produce estimates of industry production of these goods and services nationally and by province and territory. Data are also collected to produce estimates on employment associated with production of environmental and clean technology goods and services.
- The new Human Resource Module for the NRSA and ECTPEA provides information on age, sex, education level, occupation, and full-time/part-time, immigration and Indigenous status of workers within the natural resources, environmental and clean technology sectors.
Industry component (NRCan)
Industry-level data is necessary to track smaller enterprises which may not be captured by StatCan surveys such as the Survey of Environmental Goods and Services. As such, NRCan launched a project with MaRS Discovery District to obtain survey data at the industry-level. Leveraging industry-level data to establish a common set of indicators across industries will allow a better understanding of challenges and opportunities faced by clean technology companies.
The industry data survey collects information on clean technology firms across Canada. Key indicators being gathered include investment and financing information, skills needs and market access. MaRS published a summary of the data from the 2017 pilot survey on the Globe Series webpage.
Administrative component (Clean Growth Hub)
Administrative Data is the data that government programs collect from applicants and funding recipients during program administration. Work under the administrative data component will enhance the federal capacity to track government investments and their impacts. This work is done by developing guidance for programs so that the program data collected are more consistent and comparable between programs, and are complementary to data collected by the other components of the Strategy. This work will improve the Government's ability to report on outcomes and design impactful programs.
A list of key clean technology programs implemented by the Government of Canada is available on the Clean Growth Hub website.
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