Clean Growth Hub Newsletter: Issue 17

March 2023

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 positions Canada as supplier of choice for critical minerals and clean technologies
  • Government releases blueprint for Canada Innovation Corporation
  • Canada steps up to meet the skilled labour needs of high-growth sectors
  • The Clean Energy in Indigenous, Remote and Rural Communities Hub gifted an Indigenous name
  • New Indigenous Council to play key role in advancing clean energy projects in Indigenous, rural and remote communities
  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada invests in made-in Canada sustainable solutions
  • Government of Canada announces $5.2 million to boost BC clean technology sector

Opportunities

  • Pilot funding support for Indigenous-led Zero-Emission Vehicle and Clean Fuel Awareness Projects
  • CanExport SMEs
  • CanExport Innovation
  • Canada – Israel 2023-24 Collaborative Industrial Research and Development Call for Proposals
  • Government of Canada opens applications for federal programs under Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership
  • Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative

From our partners

  • Expanding ECCC's Net-Zero Challenge eligibility to local governments and public entities
  • Become a cleantech exporter targeting foreign governments with CCC

Public Consultations

  • Share ideas: Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Consultation

Events

  • Smart Energy Event
  • The First Nations Major Project Coalition's Toward Net Zero by 2050 Conference
  • The Canadian Hydrogen Convention
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Industry Growth Forum
  • Hy-fcell Canada 2023
  • Global Energy Show
  • 2023 Canadian Circular Economy Summit
  • National Indigenous Clean Energy Forum

News

Government positions Canada as supplier of choice for critical minerals and clean technologies

The Government of Canada participated in Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, positioning Canada as the global supplier of choice for critical minerals and the clean technologies they enable. Over the course of four days, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Minister Wilkinson provided a series of announcements that are part of the Government of Canada's commitment to support good jobs and promote sustainable growth, including the launch of Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy and Canada's founding of the Sustainable Critical Minerals Alliance last fall.


Government releases blueprint for Canada Innovation Corporation

On February 16, 2023, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, released a blueprint that will guide the operations of the new Canada Innovation Corporation (CIC). In creating the CIC, the government will establish an innovation agency to drive Canadian business investment in research and development and foster economic growth. The CIC will operate with an initial budget of $2.6 billion over four years, and is expected to begin its operations in 2023.


Canada steps up to meet the skilled labour needs of high-growth sectors

On February 27, 2023, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a $250 million program to support short-cycle upskilling programs driven by industry needs in high-growth sectors. This investment is expected to help more than 15,000 Canadian workers, including those from under-represented groups, transition into new jobs in high-growth sectors such as digital technology, cybersecurity, agriculture technology, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and biomanufacturing.


The Clean Energy in Indigenous, Remote and Rural Communities Hub gifted an Indigenous name

At a ceremony held on February 6, 2023, the Clean Energy in Indigenous, Remote and Rural Communities Initiative was gifted the name Wah-ila-toos, a blend of Indigenous languages and cultures that reflects important relationships with Indigenous partners. Wah-ila-toos is a single window access for Indigenous, rural and remote communities to obtain Government of Canada funding and resources for clean energy initiatives. Wah-ila-toos' mission is to provide funding for renewable energy and capacity-building projects and related energy efficiency measures in Indigenous, rural and remote communities across Canada.


New Indigenous Council to play key role in advancing clean energy projects in Indigenous, rural and remote communities

As Canada continues to experience the impacts of climate change, particularly profound in the North and Arctic, many Indigenous communities are leading the way in building a resilient clean energy future.

On February 13, 2023, the Government of Canada announced the selection of seven Indigenous leaders who will make up the Indigenous Council that will help guide the transition to clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote communities. The Indigenous Council will provide guidance and advice to the Government of Canada on policy and program design and direct engagement with Indigenous partners on accessing resources and funding that reduce diesel reliance.


Sustainable Development Technology Canada invests in made-in Canada sustainable solutions

On February 17, 2023, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) announced an investment of $68.2 million toward 17 innovative Canadian companies. Many of the 17 companies are returning applicants, having successfully completed one or more projects with SDTC and are taking their businesses to the next level.

SDTC is the largest funder of sustainable small and medium-sized businesses in Canada, supporting companies from seed to success by providing the resources they need to grow.


Government of Canada announces $5.2 million to boost BC clean technology sector

The Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan) has announced $5.2 million in funding, together with $2.3 million from the Province of British Columbia, for Foresight Canada. Foresight Canada will use this funding to establish the BC Net Zero Innovation Network (BCNZIN), bringing together innovators, businesses and stakeholders to accelerate the development of competitive cleantech solutions, and moving them to market. Foresight will initially focus on solutions for BC's forestry, mining and water sectors.


Opportunities

Pilot funding support for Indigenous-led Zero-Emission Vehicle and Clean Fuel Awareness projects

A one-year pilot to fund Indigenous-led awareness projects coast to coast to coast that aim to advance knowledge, awareness, and confidence in zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and clean fuels. This pilot is a continuous intake call for project proposals that will support outreach, education and capacity-building activities through cost-shared contribution agreements to enable greater adoption of ZEVs, lower-carbon vehicles and clean fuels in all regions of the country. Projects can receive up to three years of funding for eligible expenditures.


CanExport

CanExport is now accepting applications for projects starting in fiscal year 2023-2024 (i.e. on or after April 1, 2023). CanExport is delivered by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

Current funding opportunities available under this suite of programs:

CanExport SMEs

CanExport SMEs is a funding program designed to promote and enhance Canada's trade diversification efforts, by offering grants and contributions to Canadian companies to help them prepare for and establish presence in international markets where they currently have little or no sales. The program provides up to $50,000 to Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), funding up to 50% of eligible costs.

  • CanExport SMEs is a competitive program with limited funding. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are allocated.
  • Learn more and apply for CanExport SMEs

CanExport Innovation

CanExport Innovation is a funding program designed to promote and enhance Canada's international innovation efforts. Innovators from Canadian organizations may access up to $75,000 in funding to assist with research and development (R&D) for a single technology. The program covers up to 75% of costs to pursue and sign collaborative R&D agreements with international partners, for joint development, adaptation and/or validation of a Canadian technology owned by the applicant organization.


Canada – Israel 2023-24 Collaborative Industrial Research and Development Call for Proposals

The governments of Canada and Israel aim to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and Israel who wish to form project consortia to perform collaborative projects focused on developing innovative products, processes, or technology based services.


Government of Canada opens applications for federal programs under Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Applications are now being accepted for federal programs under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) that will go into effect on April 1, 2023. The five-year, $3.5 billion initiative includes six federally funded national programs: AgriAssurance, AgriCompetitiveness, AgriDiversity, AgriInnovate, AgriMarketing and AgriScience. Through these programs, Sustainable CAP will focus on key priority areas such as building sector capacity, growth and competitiveness; climate change and environment; science, research and innovation; market development and trade; and resiliency and public trust.


Deep Retrofit Accelerator Initiative

The Deep Retrofit Accelerator initiative is a program that provides contributions for projects that facilitate the accelerated development of deep retrofits in commercial, institutional or mid- or high-rise multi-unit residential buildings in Canada. The objectives of the program are to build capacity for, and address barriers to, deep retrofit project development and implementation; facilitate the development of deep retrofit projects in Canada; and contribute to transforming the buildings sector.


From our partners

Expanding ECCC's Net-Zero Challenge eligibility to local governments and public entities

The 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. The Net-Zero Challenge is in the process of expanding its participant eligibility to include local governments and public entities. We look forward to collaborating with local governments such as municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous governments, as well as public entities such as museums, crown corporations, and transportation authorities. More information on this new development is to come.


Become a Cleantech Exporter targeting foreign governments with CCC

Canadian exporters targeting government buyers abroad can access support from the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). CCC helps Canadian companies who produce smart city or green energy solutions, sustainable infrastructure, or transportation solutions to help foreign governments reach net zero. With support from CCC, Canadian companies can find and win contracts. The CCC is a Crown corporation that offers international contracting expertise to forge commercial contracts between Canadian businesses and foreign governments.


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.

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


Events

Smart Energy Event

Smart Energy focuses on timely actions for getting to net-zero with expert speakers on how collaborative and inclusive technologies with collaborative thinking can achieve net-zero sooner. Emerging innovations in hydrogen, energy storage, EVs, CCUS, SMR's, transportation, electrification and renewables will change how utilities, municipalities, policy-makers, integrators, corporations, governments, researchers and consumers collaborate to reach an inclusive transition to net-zero.


The First Nations Major Project Coalition's Toward Net Zero by 2050 Conference

The First Nations Major Project Coalition (FNMPC) is a national 90+ Indigenous nation collective working towards the enhancement of the economic well-being of its members, understanding that a strong economy is reliant upon a healthy environment supported by vibrant cultures, languages, and expressions of traditional laws. In particular, the coalition supports members to safeguard air, land, water and medicine sources from the impacts of resource development by asserting its members' influence and traditional laws on environmental, regulatory and negotiation processes; receive a fair share of benefits from projects undertaken in the traditional territories of its members, and; explore ownership opportunities of projects proposed in the traditional territories of its members.


The Canadian Hydrogen Convention

The Canadian Hydrogen Convention is a newly established, mid-size conference and tradeshow that is quickly gaining traction in the hydrogen community. More than 4,000 attendees, 100 exhibitors and dozens of expert speakers are expected to gather to discuss the latest developments in the hydrogen industry. Canada's Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will be hosting a business-to-business (B2B) program at the Canadian Hydrogen Convention aimed at connecting export-ready Canadian companies to international buyers. Trade Commissioners from Europe, the United States and South America will meet with Canadian companies to discuss international business development opportunities.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Industry Growth Forum

In its 28th year, the Industry Growth Forum (IGF) is the premier event for cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, and experts from industry and the public sector to build relationships, showcase innovative technologies, and identify disruptive business solutions. The IGF builds on decades of technical expertise and market analysis accumulated at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the nation's only federal lab dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency research.


Hy-fcell Canada 2023

Hy-fcell Canada, a three-day international conference and trade fair, will provide a venue for professionals to meet and discuss the latest developments related to hydrogen and fuel cells. The event aims to attract 800 – 1,000 Canadian and international participants from industry, government and academia across the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will be hosting a business-to-business (B2B) meeting program. Trade Commissioners from Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East will be participating and available to meet with Canadian companies and discuss international business development opportunities.


Global Energy Show

As North America's Leading Energy Event, the Global Energy Show is the largest business to business (B2B) exhibition and conference engaging with industry buyers and sellers, stakeholders and partners, CEOs and young professionals together to share knowledge and fuel innovation in the ever-changing energy landscape. The Global Energy Show will be inclusive to all energy systems, including features on the exhibition floor and conference in oil sands, hydrogen, wind, solar, petrochemicals, gas and LNG, electrification and nuclear.


2023 Canadian Circular Economy Summit

The Canadian Circular Economy Summit will provide an opportunity for 400 Canadian leaders from across sectors and industries to come together in-person, share leading efforts and activities, and to collaborate on an 'action plan' for a circular economy in Canada in support of Canada's climate change and biodiversity agendas. During this two day event, participants will have access to action oriented sessions, such as panel dialogues, working sessions and networking with delegates through business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) programming that will help forge strategic partnerships, deals, pilot projects, and new research.


National Indigenous Clean Energy Forum

Indigenous Clean Energy's 20/20 Catalysts Program has established a wide range of partnerships between Indigenous communities, utilities, clean energy development firms, provincial and territorial governments and clean energy companies.

The ultimate goals of the 20/20 Catalysts Program is to create clean energy leaders who feel confident and prepared to develop successful clean energy projects and effective partnerships, by equipping communities with these tools and skills, catalysts will be ready to capitalize on and seek out clean energy development opportunities. The sixth annual National Indigenous Clean Energy Forum will give attendees the opportunity to hear from the sixth cohort of the 20/20 Catalysts Program.


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