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Dedicated help for clean technology projects

The Clean Growth Hub is a free service offered by the Government of Canada. We work with clean technology producers and adopters to help find federal programs and services to advance clean tech projects.

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Get advice from our team of experts from across government who can help you find and understand what programs and services may be right for you. Whether you're in the early stages of research, conducting technology demonstration or growing your business and exporting, the Clean Growth Hub can point you to the support that fits your needs.

The Federal ecosystem of support for clean technology infographic shows and describes the innovation stages and federal supports available to Canadian clean technology developers and adopters.

To connect with us about your clean tech project, please complete our service request form.


Funding opportunities

Research, development and demonstration

Research, development and demonstration
Program/Initiative
Description
Status

Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Research and Innovation Stream

Support for pre-market innovation in the agriculture and agri-food sector, including research, development, demonstration and commercialization activities, to develop transformative clean technologies and enable the expansion of current technologies, in 3 priority areas:

  • green energy and energy efficiency
  • precision agriculture
  • bioeconomy

Support is available in the form of repayable and non-repayable contributions.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until all funding has been allocated.

Emissions Reduction Fund

This fund provides primarily repayable funding to eligible onshore and offshore oil and gas firms to support their investments to reduce GHG emissions by adopting greener technologies. The program has two streams:

Onshore Program: Provides repayable and partially repayable contribution funding of up to $50 million to upstream and midstream oil and/or gas sector companies with projects to reduce or eliminate routine venting of methane rich natural gas from conventional, tight and shale oil and gas operations.

Offshore Deployment Program: Provides interest-free repayable contributions of up to $20 million to companies or organizations that operate in, or directly support, upstream oil and gas companies in the offshore area adjacent to Newfoundland and Labrador for projects that reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions stemming from offshore oil and gas operations. The Program also supports projects that improve the environmental performance of oil spill monitoring, detection and response activities.

Deadlines to apply:

  • Onshore stream: January 7, 2022
  • Offshore stream: Accepting applications on a continuous basis
Sustainable Development Technology Canada - Clean Tech Fund Sustainable Development Technology Canada's Clean Tech Fund supports the development and demonstration of pre-commercial clean technologies (renewed with $400 million over 5 years in Budget 2017). Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
Strategic Innovation Fund - Net Zero Accelerator The Net Zero Accelerator fund will rapidly expedite decarbonization projects with large emitters, scale-up clean technology and accelerate Canada's industrial transformation across all sectors. If you are interested, please send an email to ic.sifadmission-fsiadmission.ic@canada.ca and the Statement of Interest package will automatically be emailed to you.
Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program

Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP) is an investment of $50.3 million over 5 years to help facilitate the sector's ability to address emerging issues and capitalize on opportunities. The CASPP focuses on 4 priority areas: adoption of new technology; environmental sustainability; strategic development and capacity building; and, emerging issues.

Accepting applications from:

  • non-profit organizations and associations
  • co-operatives
  • marketing boards
  • Indigenous groups

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Indigenous Forestry Initiative

The Indigenous Forestry Initiative provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada's forest sector. The funding aims to increase Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance.

Eligible projects fall within 3 general categories:

  • use and management of forest resources
  • clean technology and participation in the forest bioeconomy
  • environmental stewardship

Applications are accepted throughout the year, with submissions reviewed periodically, subject to the availability of funds.

Investments in Forest Industry Transformation

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program facilitates the adoption of transformative technologies, products, and processes by bridging the gap between development and commercialization.

Studies projects: Contribution funding of $100,000 to $500,000 to cover up to 50% of total eligible costs for Studies projects related to the advancement of innovation in the forestry sector in support of a future capital investment or strategic shift by forest sector firms.

Studies projects: The application process is temporarily closed.

New Brunswick Innovation Foundation – Climate Impact Fund

This $1.5M initiative will support the following:

  • Development of cleantech and climate change mitigation technologies
  • Climate adaptation research at New Brunswick institutions
  • Innovative cleantech projects at NB corporations
  • Commercialization work for early-stage opportunities
  • Venture investments in cleantech startups

Deadline for research funding is Nov. 8, 2021, while application intake for corporate innovation is available until Feb. 15, 2022.

Apply on the NBIF portal.

Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association – Hydrogen Connect

In partnership with NRC-IRAP, the OCTIA Hydrogen Connect program aims to support Canadian SMEs that are developing or have developed an innovative technology or service that could be utilized anywhere in the hydrogen value chain.

Approved applicants are eligible for a maximum of $15,000 to contribute to the cost of hiring service providers.

Accepting applications until March 31, 2022.

Growing your clean technology company

Growing your clean technology company
Program/Initiative
Description
Status
Business Development Bank of Canada Clean Tech Practice The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) offers new equity and commercial loans to high-potential clean tech companies with market-ready technology or products and proven potential to scale. Contact BDC's Cleantech Practice to talk about investment possibilities.
BDC Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund

Venture capital for Canada's most innovative technology companies – firms that are redefining how the world works by bringing digital transformation to a wide range of industries, including:

  • Environmental, social and governance
  • Energy and electrification
  • Mobility, logistics & supply chain
  • Industrial systems
  • Real estate and infrastructure
  • Space and aerospace

The fund focuses on:

  • Early-stage investment and beyond
  • Lead investments and reserve capital for follow-on rounds
Contact the ICE Technology Venture Fund team
Export Development Canada Export Development Canada (EDC) offers specialized project financing to help advance high-impact clean technology projects in Canada and abroad. Contact EDC to discuss your project.

Exporting your technology

Exporting your technology
Program/Initiative
Description
Status
International Business Development Strategy for Clean Technology Since 2017, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has been delivering an International Business Development Strategy to help Canadian clean technology firms become world leaders and capitalize on growing global market opportunities. Contact the TCS: Clean Technology Team.
Canadian Commercial Corporation The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) helps Canadian clean tech exporters gain access to foreign procurement markets through a government to government contracting approach. Contact the CCC Clean Technology Team.
Export Development Canada Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, they provide trade knowledge, financial solutions, equity, insurance, and connections to grow businesses. Contact EDC to discuss your project.

Canadian Technology Accelerators

Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTAs) empower Canadian high-potential, high-growth tech companies that have an existing technology or product to explore global growth opportunities.

They work with companies in three main sectors: cleantech, digital technologies, and life sciences. CTAs are offered in the U.S., Mexico, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

While CTAs vary in length and in format (virtual or in-market), all participating companies benefit from:

  • coaching and mentorship from industry leaders
  • support to refine international business and market-entry strategies
  • introductions to potential partners and clients
  • introductions to investors and venture capitalists
  • access to a vast network of trade commissioners
  • a collaborative workspace (where available)

Application deadlines:

  • Mexico women in health technology CTA: December 10, 2021
  • Japan smart cities CTA: December 15, 2021
  • UK digital energy solutions CTA: January 21, 2022
  • India deep technology CTA: January 21, 2022

Adoption of market-ready technologies

Adoption of market-ready technologies
Program/Initiative
Description
Status

Zero Emission Transit Fund

Contribution funding to support planning and capital projects that will reduce the barriers to procuring zero emission transit and school buses in Canada:

  • Planning and Design Projects could receive funding to cover up to 80% of total eligible costs
  • Capital Projects could receive contribution funding of up to 50% of total eligible costs

Projects could also be eligible for financing through the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) Zero Emission Buses Initiative. Project applications submitted as part of the Zero Emission Transit Fund application process will be assessed by both Infrastructure Canada and the CIB.

Applications accepted on a continuous basis.
Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program

$30 million over 6 years (2017 to 2023) to assist Canada's fisheries and aquaculture industries in improving their environmental performance.

Eligible participants:

  • commercial fisheries or aquaculture producers wishing to purchase and install existing, off-the-shelf clean technologies, processes and sustainable practices into their day-to-day operations
  • existing aquaculture producers wishing to pilot and test new late-stage innovative technologies, systems or processes (TRLs 7 to 9)

The program offers contribution funding of up to 75% of eligible project costs (to a maximum of $1 million per year).

Accepting applications on a continuous basis.
Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

The Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a 5-year $280 million program that provides funding for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. The program expects to launch multiple requests for proposals (RFP) each year focusing on 1 or several infrastructure streams at a time.

There are currently 2 RFPs:

  1. RFP focusing on on-road and off-road commercial and public fleets
  2. RFP for delivery organizations to redistribute a component of the ZEVIP funding for on-road and off-road commercial and public fleets

The funding is delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements.

Submission deadlines for both RFPs: Closed

Clean Fuels Fund: Building New Domestic Production Capacity

$1.38 billion to support private sector build-out of new, and expansion of existing, clean fuel production capacity and facility conversions or associated feasibility, engineering and front-end engineering design (FEED) studies.

Production Projects Stream: Support for the expansion or conversion of existing facilities, and the buildout of new facilities. These projects must use fuel production technologies that are in advanced stages of technological readiness (TRL 9) and that are designed for commercial deployment, with the intent to operate the technology at commercial scale during its life cycle. Eligible recipients could receive cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding of up to $150 million per project.

Feasibility Projects Stream: Eligible studies include feasibility studies, basic engineering studies and detailed FEED studies for new facilities, facility expansions or facility conversions. Feasibility studies to assess the techno-economic feasibility of blending hydrogen into natural gas systems are also eligible. Eligible recipients could receive cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding of up to $5 million per project.

Application submission deadline: Closed

Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Adoption Stream

Support for the purchase and installation of commercially available clean technologies and processes in the agriculture and agri-food sector, with priority given to those that show evidence of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and other environmental co-benefits. Priority areas include:

  • green energy and energy efficiency
  • precision agriculture
  • bioeconomy solutions

Support is available in the form of non-repayable contributions.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until all funding has been allocated.

The Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity Program Funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and related capacity building and planning in Northern communities' with the objective of reducing reliance on diesel for heating and electricity. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program

The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program aims to build more community buildings and improve existing ones — in particular in areas with populations experiencing higher needs — while also making the buildings more energy efficient, lower carbon, more resilient, and higher performing.

Municipal and regional governments, public sector bodies, not-for-profit organizations, provincial and territorial governments, and Indigenous applicants may apply for funding for eligible projects.

Small and medium projects: Applications for small and medium retrofit projects to existing community buildings under $3 million will be accepted on a continuous basis.
Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program

The Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) provides funding to renewable energy and grid modernization projects.

Deployment Streams: Up to $50 million in contribution funding to eligible renewable energy and grid modernization projects during their construction phase. Projects must use market-ready technologies and apply workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) components. There are 4 Deployment Streams:

  1. Established Renewables
  2. Emerging Technologies
  3. Grid Modernization
  4. Strategic Dialogue Linked Projects

Application deadlines:

Deployment Streams: Applications accepted on a continuous basis.

Energy Innovation Program – Clean Fuels and Industrial Fuel Switching NRCan recently launched this program that targets industrial fuel switching and production of clean fuels for use in hard-to-abate sectors, focusing specifically on three technology areas:
  • Industrial fuel switching
  • Clean fuels production
  • Hydrogen codes and standards
Accepting applications until February 2, 2022.

Wage subsidies

Wage subsidies
Program
Description
Status

Jobs and Growth Fund

Funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. Eligible activities include, among others, those that support the transition to a clean economy, such as:

  • Supporting the development and adoption of clean technology
  • Helping communities and businesses plan and drive clean, sustainable economic growth
  • Partnering with organizations to catalyze the development of green regional clusters
  • Working with organizations supporting businesses to transition to a green economy

Funding is available to eligible businesses and organizations in the form of contributions:

  • Businesses: interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50% of eligible costs
  • Not-for-profit organizations: non-repayable contributions for up to 90% of eligible costs
  • Indigenous recipients: non-repayable contributions for up to 100% of eligible costs

Accepting applications on a continuous basis.

Science and Technology Internship Program - Green Jobs

Wage subsidies to eligible employers across Canada to hire and mentor youth (aged 15-30) in the natural resources sector, including in energy, forestry, mining, earth science, and clean technology. Internships are for full-time employment (minimum of 30 hours per week) and may be up to 12 months in duration. Eligible employers can receive up $32,000 to cover up to 80% of an eligible intern's salary.

Accepting applications on a continuous basis through 11 delivery organizations:

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Wage subsidies to hire recent college and university graduates for internships in the environmental and clean-technology sector. Eligible employers could receive up $30,000 to cover up to 80% of an eligible intern's salary.

Accepting applications on a continuous basis through 5 delivery organizations:

General innovation measures

General innovation measures
Program/Initiative
Description
Status

Alliance grants

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Alliance grants range from $20,000 to $1 million per year for university researchers collaborating with private-sector, public-sector or not-for-profit organizations.

Alliance grants support R&D projects of varying scale and complexity that aim to address challenges in natural science and engineering.

Accepting applications on a continuous basis.

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) Funding and advisory services to help small- and medium-sized Canadian businesses develop and commercialize new technology. For example, early cleantech companies could use this type of funding to develop prototypes. Contact NRC IRAP to find out if your business is eligible for NRC IRAP support.

Strategic Science Fund: 2021 competition

Non-repayable contributions to support third-party science and research organizations for up to a five year period, starting in April 2024.

Applications will be assessed against merit-based criteria, such as added value to federal science, technology and innovation investments and strategic value aligned with core federal responsibilities and priorities, among others.

Deadline to submit a letter of intent: January 14, 2022

Strategic Innovation Fund

Repayable and non-repayable contributions to support large (minimum $20 million in total costs) innovation projects across Canada's industrial and technology sectors.

Business, Innovation & Growth Streams: Repayable contributions available to for-profit corporations to cover up to 50% of project costs:

  • Stream 1: R&D and Commercialization
  • Stream 2: Firm Expansion & Growth
  • Stream 3: Investment Attraction and Reinvestment

Collaboration & Networks Streams: Non-repayable contributions available to consortiums and network to cover up to 100% of project costs:

  • Stream 4: Collaborative Technology Development and Demonstration
  • Stream 5: National Innovation Ecosystems

Streams 1, 2, 3 and 5 accept applications on a continuous basis.

Stream 4 operates on a competitive basis, with applications accepted following calls-for-proposals.

Clean Technology Data Strategy

The Government is taking action to improve collection and reporting activities related to clean technology in Canada. Learn about the Clean Technology Data Strategy.

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Assessment Tool

The TRL scale is used to measure a technology's maturity. Knowing your technology's TRL is important because many clean tech programs target their funding to projects at specific stages of development. Use the Hub's TRL Assessment Tool to help you assess your innovation's maturity

The 50 – 30 Challenge: Your Diversity Advantage

The 50 – 30 Challenge is an initiative for Canadian organizations to increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within the workplace. It is voluntary and aims to:

What's new

Programs and services

Energy Innovation Program – Clean Fuels and Industrial Fuel Switching

As part of the Government’s efforts to accelerate the development of technologies that can decarbonize industry, this call for proposals under the Energy Innovation Program will target industrial fuel switching and production of clean fuels for use in hard-to-abate sectors, focusing specifically on three technology areas: industrial fuel switching, clean fuels production and hydrogen codes and standards. Natural Resources Canada will be making available up to $50 M for focus areas 1 and 2 combined, and up to $3 M for focus area 3.

Standards Council of Canada leading the way to develop a National Standards Strategy

SCC is developing a National Standards Strategy (NSS) that will ensure the Canadian standards system proactively responds to the needs of industry, government and consumers. Its goal is to identify the priorities and sectors the Canadian standards system should focus on in the coming years.

Applying for federal clean tech funding: A toolkit

It can be challenging to apply for funding to advance your clean tech projects. That's why the Clean Growth Hub has created a new toolkit! Find out about how federal grant and contribution programs work, and get tips and resources to help you prepare strong funding applications.

Cost and Waste Reduction of Tree Planting Challenge

NRCan is seeking a solution that will develop novel processes, approaches and/or technologies, to reduce the cost of tree seedling production, packaging and transportation while also reducing the amount of waste including plastic waste currently generated. The challenge will provide grants up to $1M to successful applicants.

Profiling Women Leaders of the Energy Transformation

Full and equal participation of women in Canada’s energy systems is crucial to our nation’s fight against climate change. This first dialogue in the Women in Energy Transformation series brought together four women in a set of rapid-fire interviews exploring their energy transformation stories.

Accelerate from Anywhere Program

Foresight, in partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation, has launched a new pan-Canada accelerator initiative for early-stage climate and cleantech innovators. Ventures selected to take part in Accelerate from Anywhere get multiple forms of support, including training through proven successful programs; coaching and mentorship from experienced experts; connections to funders and potential partners; and opportunities to learn from and collaborate with other early-stage ventures. Programs are available at every stage of your venture's growth:

  • Impact Entrepreneurship 101 Program: Explore your purpose as and develop your business idea
  • Kickstart Program: Validate your value proposition and examine your problem-solution fit
  • Launch Program: Build your minimum viable product, validate your business model and hone your business pitch
  • Deliver Program: Develop your technology roadmap
  • Earth Tech Program: Advance your business and raise funding
  • Learn more about the Accelerate from Anywhere program
Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund

The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is accepting applications from Black business owners and entrepreneurs. The Fund, which is a component of the Black Entrepreneurship Program, is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations and financial institutions. The Fund seeks to address the specific systemic barriers these business owners have too often faced when seeking financing. It will provide loans of up to $250,000 to support Black business owners and entrepreneurs across Canada and lay the foundation for future success and long-term change.

First Things First

First Things First is Innovation Canada's newest resource for businesses. It has a series of articles on a range of topics, including government funding, loans, tax credits, wage subsidies and more.

Global Bid Opportunity Finder

Developed by the Canadian Commercial Corporation, this free, web-based application is exclusive to Canadian companies and allows organizations to search, evaluate and bid on opportunities from around the world!

Events

December

IACs Inaugural Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & IP

Join IAC on December 3, 2021, as we host an inaugural forum and round-table discussion focused on women entrepreneurs and Intellectual Property (IP). They will hold a series of presentations and a panel discussion with the study’s authors and IAC team members, followed by a Q&A session open to everyone. Select attendees will participate in workshop sessions after the panel to build out a framework for some of the report recommendations.

23rd World Petroleum Congress

The Congress will bring together industry and government leaders from across the world to address all aspects of the energy industry – from technological advances in upstream, midstream, and downstream operations to the role of natural gas and renewables, management of the industry, and its social, economic and environmental impact.

January

CleanTech Forum San Francisco

With the theme "From Commitments to Actions: the sprint to net zero", the Forum invites key Cleantech stakeholders to network with potential partners and discover the latest innovations shaping the future.

  • Dates: January 24 to 26, 2022 (in-person)

February

Celebrating the Success of Women in STEM Symposium: Pushing the frontiers of research through collaboration

This event, co-hosted by the National Resource Council of Canada (NRC) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), will provide attendees with the opportunity for scientific discussion and networking. The event will also feature an e-poster session to showcase the research of women in science and innovation.

GLOBE FORUM 2022: Destination Net Zero

The Canadian sustainability and climate community will converge at GLOBE Forum in Vancouver to collaborate, share insights, develop solutions, and breakthrough barriers on the road to net zero. With partner hubs across Canada and an array of virtual programming, attendees will have access to more ideas and solutions–in person and on-demand.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Forum - Central Canada

The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business's (CCAB) new regional business forums provide attendees with opportunities to share ideas, network, and interact with peers, colleagues and Indigenous business leaders.

March

Cleantech Forum Europe

With the theme "From Commitments to Actions: the sprint to net zero", the Cleantech Forum Europe invites stakeholders to participate in two days of research-led sessions, Innovation Showcases and opportunities to network.

Recurring events

Doing Business with the Government Seminars

Procurement Assistance Canada offers free seminars to businesses interested in learning about the federal procurement process and how to sell goods and services to the Government of Canada.

Impact Assessment Training Sessions

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada provides free training to inform the public about impact assessment in Canada, and to assist the federal government and others in meeting their obligations under the Impact Assessment Act.

IP Talks Podcast Series

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office launched a new monthly podcast series called "IP Talks" to help you learn about the fundamentals of intellectual property (IP) and how you can use IP to your business advantage to protect your creations, ideas and products. These webinars will feature interviews and real life stories from special guests who demystify how IP works.

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