Funding Opportunities

Open Funding Opportunities

We have compiled a list of some of the cleantech funding options in Canada. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and we are happy to add funding options. 

If you are interested in partnering on any of the initiatives listed below, please email us to get started!

The Adoption Stream will focus its support on projects valued at $50,000 or more of total eligible project costs. The maximum amount payable to a recipient will generally not exceed $2 million per project. The maximum amount payable to a recipient with multiple projects will generally not exceed $5 million.

Learn more here. 

Canadian national industry associations and trade organizations may access up to $250,000 in annual funding. We will cover up to 50% of eligible costs for new or expanded international business development (IBD) activities that benefit an entire industry: organization’s members and non-members alike.

Learn more here. 

(formerly Invest Canada – Community Initiatives)

As one of the many tools deployed by the Government of Canada to increase prosperity, the CanExport Community Investments program provides financial support to communities for their foreign direct investment (FDI) initiatives and activities.

The program provides support to Canadian communities seeking to improve their capacity to attract, retain and expand FDI in order to create jobs for Canadians, support innovation and increase exports.

For the purposes of the program, FDI refers to international businesses establishing or expanding operations in Canada. The program does not fund initiatives related to mergers and acquisitions, investments from other parts of Canada, trade or export. The program supports non-profit partnerships at the local community level. The initiatives supported by the program must focus on supporting the attraction, retention, and expansion of foreign direct investment through specific types of activities. Non-repayable contributions range from $3,000 to $500,000, and agreements are made for a one-year period, from January 1 to December 31. The program provides reimbursement of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses. If an applicant accesses other federal government support, the total federal support cannot exceed 50 percent.

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Innovators from Canadian organizations may access up to $75,000 in funding to assist with research and development (R&D) for a single technology. We cover up to 75% of costs to pursue and sign collaborative R&D agreements with international partners and investors.

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Small and medium sized companies may access up to $50,000 in funding to assist with international market development activities. We cover up to 50% of costs for export marketing of your products and services in international markets where you have little or no sales.

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Recognizing the essential role of clean fuels, Canada’s Strengthened Climate plan includes broad economic policies, such as the proposed Clean Fuel Standard, increases to the carbon pollution price, the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, and investments to grow the clean fuels market.

This commitment was re-affirmed in Budget 2021 with an investment of $1.5 billion over five years. This money will establish a Clean Fuels Fund, that will de-risk the capital investment required to build new or expand existing clean fuel production facilities (including facility conversions). Support is also available for feasibility and front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies and for establishing biomass supply chains.

The supply chains will improve logistics for the collection, supply, and distribution of biomass materials (e.g. forest residues, municipal solid waste, and agriculture crop residues) as a feedstock in clean fuel production facilities. Resources are also available to address gaps and misalignment in codes, standards and regulations related to the production, distribution and end use of clean fuels.

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This BCIT course provides an introduction to the wide range of green energy strategies and local economic development opportunities for communities. Register here for this online course that starts on April 13, 2022.

Emissions Reduction Fund banner

Canada is striving to meet its environmental commitments, rebuild the economy, and create a lower carbon economy.

Reducing methane and other greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions in the oil and gas sector is an important part of getting there.

By working together with industry, through the $750M Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), we can do it.

The ERF will help onshore and offshore oil and gas companies by providing funds to invest in green solutions to reduce GHGs and retain jobs in the sector.

Up to $675 million for the Onshore Program and up to $75 million for the Offshore Program.

Learn more here.

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program

The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) 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. This five-year $1.5 billion program will support green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, underserved communities across Canada.

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Federal funding programs are available to support Indigenous climate action for a safer and cleaner environment for future generations.

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The Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) provides financial support to Indigenous-led economic development projects in Canada’s forest sector. Benefits of the program include:

  • increased Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance
  • increased engagement and economic development for Indigenous communities and peoples involved in the forest sector
  • increased investment and collaboration between Indigenous peoples and other natural resource development stakeholders, including governments, industry and non-governmental organizations

Learn more here.

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program facilitates the adoption of transformative technologies and products by bridging the gap between development and commercialization. The IFIT program aims to create a more competitive and resilient forest sector with a focus on low-carbon projects that result in new or diversified revenue streams.

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The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF). It leverages Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plans by providing approximately $500 million to a wide range of recipients.

The Challenge is divided into two streams: the Champions stream and the Partnerships stream. See past intakes for details of the two streams.

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Solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and can scale up as much as you need — your financial contribution starts at $7,500.

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The Offshore Deployment Program will further position the offshore oil and gas sector as a leader in Canada’s transition to a low carbon future

Apply for interest-free repayable funding to reduce GHG emissions and contribute to Canada’s clean energy future.

The ERF Offshore Deployment Program:

  • Supports projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Advances projects that improve the environmental performance of oil spill monitoring, detection and response activities
  • Offers repayable financing to support Canada’s offshore oil and gas sector
  • Offers favourable repayment options over five years

Learn more here.

SDTC provides funding to promising clean technology development and demonstration projects that are start-ups or scale-ups. For instance, when the technology itself is beyond proof-of-concept but is pre-commercial. The technology must demonstrate the potential for GHG emissions reductions, reductions in water consumption and/or the reduction of water, soil or air contamination. The project must include some further development of the technology, mitigate existing technology risk and include validation of the economic viability of the technology.

Learn more here.

Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTAs) empower Canadian high-potential, high-growth tech companies that have a market-ready technology or product to explore global growth opportunities. We help companies in three main sectors of activity:

  • cleantech
  • digital industries and information and communications technologies (ICT)
  • life sciences and digital health

Learn more here.

Making sure that Canada is a top destination for businesses to invest, grow and create jobs and prosperity for Canadians is one of the Government’s top priorities. The Strategic Innovation Fund’s (SIF) objective is to spur innovation for a better Canada by providing funding for large projects and national innovation ecosystems.

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The Net Zero Accelerator (NZA) initiative supports Canada’s net zero goals to help transform the economy for clean and long term growth.

This initiative will provide up to $8 billion in support of projects that will enable Canada to reduce its domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

By investing in projects that have the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions, Canada will:

  • lead by example, substantially reducing its emissions by 2030
  • meet its goal of being a net-zero economy by 2050
  • transform key sectors ensuring long term sustainability and competitive advantages
  • accelerate the adoption of clean technologies across the economy
  • establish battery innovation and an industrial ecosystem

The initiative will help Canadian businesses seize new opportunities as the world builds a greener global economy. Read more about the NZA in A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy Plan and in Budget 2021.

Learn more here.

Do you want to grow your climate technology (climatetech) business in the United States (U.S.)? There is a significant demand for climateTech solutions in the U.S., driven by both policies and market forces. The climatetech Canadian Technology Accelerator will help you find potential investors and new customers for your solution in the four largest climatetech markets in the U.S.: New York, San Francisco, Boston and Denver.

Learn more here. 

Funded through Budget 2019 and the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a 5-year $280 million program ending in 2024 and its objective is to address the lack of charging and refuelling stations in Canada; one of the key barriers to ZEV adoption, by increasing the availability of localized charging and hydrogen refuelling opportunities where Canadians live, work, and play.

This funding will be delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements for eligible projects that will help meet the growing charging and refuelling demand.

Learn more here.

Applications are open to the Zero Emission Transit Fund, the Active Transportation Fund and the Rural Transit Solutions Fund through Infrastructure Canada. These funding opportunities are part of the nearly $15 billion investment for public transit projects announced by the federal government last year. Details on eligibility and how to apply for funding can be found on Infrastructure Canada’s website.