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Clean Growth Program


The $155 million Clean Growth Program, led out of NRCan’s Office of Energy Research and Development (OERD), ended on March 31, 2022. This program was fully allocated, funding forty-three (43) clean technology research and development (R&D) and demonstration projects in three Canadian sectors: energy, mining, and forestry over four (4) years.

This program covered five areas focused on pressing environmental challenges and economic opportunities facing Canada’s natural resource operations:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas and air-polluting emissions
  • Minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management
  • Producing and using advanced materials and bioproducts
  • Producing and using energy efficiently
  • Reducing water use and impacts on aquatic ecosystems

What made the Clean Growth Program unique?

This program put into action a collaborative approach for doing business, by leveraging investments in publicly funded research, research centres, and provincial and territorial funding programs, to better mobilize clean technologies.

The CGP also provided support to projects for the capacity to collaborate with Federal Government Laboratories.  This investment was made possible through the Program’s Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative, which provided federal laboratory support for innovators, intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities, and equipment.

Recognizing that strong coordination and leveraging of clean technology investments is required to more effectively help Canada to meet its climate change goals, create economic opportunities, and expand global-market opportunities, NRCan established a network of  “Trusted Partnerships”, bringing together various Provincial, Territorial, and Crown support for CGP projects, which is now a key platform leveraged in other OERD-led programs.

The CGP advanced emerging clean technologies toward commercial readiness so that natural resource operations can better reduce their impacts on air, land, and water, while enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs.

This included extensive coordination with provinces and territories to:

  • ensure investments are helping Canada meet its climate change goals;
  • create economic opportunities; and
  • expand global-market opportunities.

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