Clean Growth Hub Newsletter: Issue 15

September 2022

Dear Clean Technology Community,

The advancement of clean technologies and the transition to a clean growth economy are key priorities of the Government of Canada. In keeping with the Hub’s mission to help Canadian clean tech developers and adopters identify supports for their businesses and projects, this newsletter provides the latest information on federal clean tech innovation, development and deployment.

In this edition

  • News
    • Government of Canada supports Indigenous Guardians nature conservation with $30M fund
    • Minister Wilkinson Releases Report on Public Charging Needs for Electric Vehicles in Canada
    • Canada and Germany Sign Agreement to Enhance German Energy Security with Clean Canadian Hydrogen
  • Opportunities
    • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Research, Development, and Demonstration Call (CCUS RD&D Call)
    • Innovative Solutions Canada, Testing Stream — Call for innovative prototypes
    • NRCan’s ISO 50001 Financial Assistance Program for Buildings – Call for Proposals
    • Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiatives
    • Global Hypergrowth Project (GHP)
    • Smart Energy Benchmarking Project
    • Net-Zero Challenge
  • From our partners
    • ExploreIP Green Innovation tag
    • Canada joins the Major Economies Forum’s (MEF) Clean Energy Technologies Demonstration Challenge
    • Cleantech GDP recovers to pre-pandemic levels
  • Public Consultations
    • Regional Assessment of Offshore Wind Development in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia
    • Share your thoughts: Development of a proposed federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products
    • Share your thoughts: Development of rules to strengthen the recycling and composting of plastics through accurate labelling
  • Events
    • WEFTEC 2022
    • Energy Storage Canada Conference
    • econext 2022 Conference
    • Electricity Transformation Canada
    • VERGE 22
    • COP27


Government of Canada supports Indigenous Guardians nature conservation with $30M fund

Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced nearly $30 million in funding for more than eighty First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Guardians initiatives across the country. Funded through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Indigenous Guardians program, these initiatives address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss taking place from coast to coast to coast, providing benefits for Indigenous communities, the natural environment, and species at risk, including boreal caribou.

Funding for Guardians initiatives supports Indigenous rights and responsibilities in protecting and conserving ecosystems, developing and maintaining sustainable economies, and continuing the profound connections between natural landscapes and Indigenous cultures.

Minister Wilkinson Releases Report on Public Charging Needs for Electric Vehicles in Canada

Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson released Canada’s public charging needs – Updated projections, a report that updates the federal government’s understanding of Canada’s overall charging infrastructure needs and how these are likely to evolve as the national Electric Vehicles (EV) fleet continues to grow. This Report is an important piece of the puzzle to assess the country’s charging landscape, guide decision-making and inform investment needs. It provides an updated analysis of the optimal charging ratio for Canada to reflect an accelerated timeline for achieving 100-percent zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) market share of new sales.

Canada and Germany Sign Agreement to Enhance German Energy Security with Clean Canadian Hydrogen

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Robert Habeck, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, were joined by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Premier Andrew Furey and German Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser for the signing of a Joint Declaration of Intent committing the two countries to collaboration in the export of clean Canadian hydrogen to Germany.

The Canada–Germany Hydrogen Alliance will commit the two countries to enabling investment in hydrogen projects through policy harmonization; supporting the development of secure hydrogen supply chains; establishing a transatlantic Canada–Germany supply corridor; and exporting clean Canadian hydrogen by 2025.


Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Research, Development and Demonstration Call

Delivered under Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, the Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Research, Development and Demonstration Call (CCUS RD&D) call supports earlier-stage RD&D across Capture, Storage/Sequestration, and Utilization focus areas.

Launched on July 7, 2022, the call for expressions of interest for the Capture focus area supports the RD&D of next-generation CO2 capture technologies and processes that have the potential to significantly reduce costs and increase applicability to different emission sources, sizes, and CO2 concentrations compared to commercially available, amine-based CO2 capture technologies. Intake for the Storage/Sequestration focus area is expected to open in Fall 2022, and the Utilization focus area will follow in Winter 2023.

Innovative Solutions Canada, Testing Stream — Call for Proposals

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) is an R&D innovation program designed to stimulate technology research, development, and commercialization of Canadian innovations. The program’s Testing Stream has launched a Call for Proposal (CFP) for innovative prototypes that will solicit technologies to support and advance Canada’s greening government objectives. ISC’s Testing Stream aims to procure, test and evaluate innovative late-stage pre-commercial prototypes. The purpose of this CFP is to create pools of available innovations that Canada may select from to address a broad range of the Government of Canada organizations' requirements.

NRCan’s ISO 50001 Financial Assistance Program for Buildings – Call for Proposals

Funding is now available to help commercial and institutional building owners and operators implement the ISO 50001 energy management system standard. Organizations that have implemented ISO 50001 in their buildings save energy and money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Eligible project expenditures include salaries and benefits, professional, scientific, and technical fees specific to the energy management system, fees for data collection, benchmarking and analysis services, purchasing metering equipment, as well as other expenditures directly related to the project.

Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiatives

The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) initiative is a global business development program that supports Canadian companies in key global hubs in clean tech, information and communications technologies, and life sciences.

Current CTA opportunities to expand into international markets:

ASEAN: Decarbonizing the energy sector CTA

  • The ASEAN Decarbonizing the energy sector CTA program will offer Canadian firms the chance to explore five dynamic markets: Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Participants will have access to unique market insights into the different business landscapes, potential investment, connections, networking opportunities and strategic guidance on entering these markets.
  • Deadline to apply: September 28, 2022
  • Learn more and apply for the Southeast Asia Decarbonizing the energy sector CTA

Germany AutoTech CTA

  • The Germany AutoTech CTA will offer Canadian companies the opportunity to benefit from exclusive connections to leading technology scouts, functional teams, and business units at three German Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) groups who will grant companies a chance to propose their technology through dedicated Canadian pitch sessions. Companies will be able to target leading German Tier 1 suppliers and will have the possibility to grow their businesses through paid Proof of Concept projects (POC).
  • Deadline to apply: September 28, 2022
  • Learn more and apply for the Germany AutoTech CTA

Mexico Agtech CTA

  • The Mexico Agtech CTA will offer Canadian companies access to in-depth market briefing (webinars) on doing business in Mexico; targeted business-to-business (B2B) meetings with relevant actors in the ecosystem, mentorship and tailored advice by industry leaders’ experts in the ag sector; workshop events with like-minded entrepreneurial organizations and introductions to potential buyers and strategic local partners.
  • Deadline to apply: October 26, 2022
  • Learn more and apply for the Mexico Agtech CTA

Global Hypergrowth Project (GHP)

The Government of Canada has launched the Global Hypergrowth Project (GHP), a new scale-up service that will support growth in jobs, exports, R&D and new IP creation. GHP will provide support to a select group of up to 15 fast-scaling Canadian firms to help them navigate and overcome challenges from exporting barriers to regulatory challenges, and beyond. Each company will work with a dedicated Account Executive from a team of experts with extensive public and private sector experience. With the help of GHP’s government partners, the Account Executive will facilitate connections for the company, and provide focused attention where it’s needed most.

Smart Energy Benchmarking Project

Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada (SGIN) is launching an open Call for Applications for the Advisory Committee on the Smart Energy Benchmarking Project. The project will support electric utilities across Canada in preparing for the energy transition. The SGIN is engaging a subset of Canadian utilities in the development of a Smart Energy Scorecard. The scorecard will benchmark their resources, capabilities, and activities, and progress towards a clean, smart, and electrified energy future. The mandate of the Smart Energy Benchmarking Advisory Committee is to engage in a meaningful dialogue to shape the work of the project and advance emerging issues related to the project.  Federal funding for this project is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s $1.56 billion Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREP’s) program.

Net-Zero Challenge

Net-Zero Challenge is a voluntary initiative that encourages businesses to develop and implement credible and effective plans to transition their facilities and operations to net-zero emissions by 2050. Through this challenge, participating companies can enhance public reputation and highlight climate action achievements; demonstrate environmental stewardship to increase customer and investor confidence; learn best practices and receive support when creating and implementing net-zero plans.

From our partners

ExploreIP Green Innovation tag

With the new Green innovation tag, ExploreIP marketplace makes it easier for Canadian innovators to connect with existing public sector-held technologies that can be used to help achieve business objectives. Explore the initial pool of more than 350 patents related to climate change adaptation, greenhouse gas capture, energy production and distribution, agriculture, transportation and more.

Visit ExploreIP today to find collaboration opportunities that will help grow your business, while at the same time support Canada’s transition to a cleaner, prosperous economy.

Canada joins the Major Economies Forum’s (MEF) Clean Energy Technologies Demonstration Challenge

On June 17, 2022, Canada participated in the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate, convened by the United States to strengthen collective climate action. At the MEF, Canada expressed support for the MEF Clean Energy Technologies Demonstration Challenge, to raise $90 billion of public funding by 2026 to build the demonstration projects urgently needed to achieve net-zero emissions. Clean technology demonstrations are important in bringing solutions to market and will be crucial to putting the world on a path to net zero by 2050. Further details on Canada’s contributions will be announced in September 2022 at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) in Pittsburgh.

Cleantech GDP recovers to pre-pandemic levels

Statistics Canada released preliminary Environmental and Clean Technology Products Economic Account (ECTPEA) output and GDP data for 2021. These preliminary results indicate that Cleantech real GDP has recovered and is now higher than it was before the pandemic. It is also recovering faster than the rest of the economy. Cleantech real GDP rose 10% from a year prior, reaching $29.5 billion in 2021, this was slightly higher than it was in 2019 (pre-pandemic) and largely the result of increases in cleantech services.

Public Consultations

Public engagement is an important part of an effective, open, and transparent government. Engagement takes many forms including broad public consultation on complex issues. Have your say by participating in cleantech-related government consultations, such as:

Visit the Consulting with Canadians website for more public consultation opportunities on a wide range of topics



WEFTEC brings the global water sector together and offers opportunities to experience first-hand the best in water quality education, from leading experts, the latest technology and trends, and proven solutions. During the event, Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will be organising, B2B & B2G meetings, an export café, and virtual Latin American market briefings.

Energy Storage Canada Conference

The Energy Storage Canada Conference is an annual event organized by Energy Storage Canada (ESC), the association representing the full supply chain of energy storage. This year’s conference will concentrate on the acceleration of the implementation of energy storage as a means of realizing energy storage’s capacity to serve as a critical driver in Canada’s ongoing energy transition.

econext 2022 Conference

The global pursuit of net zero is positioning Newfoundland and Labrador to be a significant contributor to emissions reductions around the world.

Hear about the latest developments for Newfoundland and Labrador related to renewable energy, hydrogen, mining, waste management, and emissions reductions in the offshore at the econext 2022 Conference. This is an opportunity to network with clean technology and environmental services stakeholders in industry, government, and academia.

Electricity Transformation Canada

Electricity Transformation Canada is Canada’s main renewables show, organized by the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA). The event will bring together energy professionals from converging sectors — wind energy, solar energy and energy storage — to network, collaborate and grow their businesses.


VERGE 22 is a climate tech event focused on accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. The event brings together thousands of leaders from business, government, solution providers and start-ups to address the climate crisis across six strategic areas: clean energy, sustainable transportation, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, net-zero buildings and the start-up ecosystem. Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will participate in the event by running a Canada booth and public networking session.


The 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an annual meeting that brings together the 197 Parties to the UNFCCC.  Parties are expected to continue and increase their mitigation efforts in order to limit the global average temperature rise to well below 2ºC and pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5ºC, build adaptive capacity and resilience, and deliver on climate finance commitments.

The Government of Canada, led by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), will host a Canada Pavilion at COP27. The Canada Pavilion provides a unique opportunity to showcase Canadian climate action, amplify global efforts and support for developing countries, support the Egyptian Presidency's COP27 goals, and profile the diversity of Canadian actions and perspectives on climate change.

Please continue to visit the Clean Growth Hub’s What’s New? webpage as more information about Government of Canada-led events and opportunities to participate at COP27 become available.

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