A summary of funding and incentive programs available for biogas developers.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. Federally-funded activities and programs to support sector growth focus on three key areas: Growing trade and expanding markets - $297 million; Innovative and sustainable growth in the sector - $690 million; and Supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector - $166.5 million Federal program details and application forms are now available. Funding begins April 1, 2018.
On March 19, 2018, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, visited Terryland Farms in St-Eugene, ON to announce the Agricultural Clean Technology Program. This $25 million, three-year investment will help the agricultural sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development and adoption of clean technologies. Provinces and territories are eligible to apply for federal funding through this program and are encouraged to work with industry on projects that focus on precision agriculture and/or bioproducts. The ACT Program runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.
UPDATE: Due to a high volume of interest of applications must be received and deemed complete by the Program before September 30, 2020.
FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) finances capital projects that improve air, water, and land and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. FCM offers a range of funding for capital projects related to energy, transportation, waste, water and brownfields. FCM is offering low-interest loans, in combination with grants, to implement capital projects. Funding is provided for up to 80 per cent of eligible project costs. The loan maximum is $5 million, and the grant amount is 15 per cent of the loan. Applicants with high-ranking projects may be eligible for a loan of up to $10 million, combined with a grant for 15 per cent of the loan amount, to a maximum of $1.5 million. The deadline for energy, waste, water and transportation capital projects was March 1, 2019 however GMF will accept capital project applications on a continuous, year-round basis and will remove grant offers if/when funding is allocated.
Under Classes 43.1 and 43.2 certain businesses and organizations also have an accelerated capital cost allowance on certain types of eligible equipment. This credit aims to make renewable energy projects, including biogas, more attractive. The deduction rate obtained can go up to 50%, depending on the case. Consult the technical guide for more information on the requirements.
PTMOBC supports municipalities and businesses in the installation of infrastructures for biomethanation and composting of organic materials. It aims to reduce the amount of organic matter eliminated in Quebec and the GHG emitted during this process. The program is extended until 2022.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is forging new partnerships to bring more capital to a broader range of Canadian cleantech companies at a critical point in their operations. The Cleantech Co-Investment Program (CCIP) will see EDC and eligible partners - niche private-sector investors -support the next generation of cleantech exporters in Canada. CCIP will fill a funding gap, targeting companies with around $1 million in revenues who have the ability to grow. The strategy is that the investment will help them get past a crucial point in their development; helping them become big enough to access the global market. It will also assist with the “crowding in” of private capital to the sector.
BioTalent Canada is an organization created to support the development of Canada’s bio-economy and provides opportunities for employers, associations, students, academic institutions, and service providers to grow their network, strengthen job ready skills and provides opportunities such as wage subsidies to employers. The Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for STEM career placement opportunities in the natural resources sector linked to the green economy. The subsidy covers the cost of a new hire’s salary by 75% to a maximum of $22,500/year and $30,000/year for youth furthest from employment. These funds help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career. Please visit BioTalent’s website for more information.
Coast Funds—an Indigenous-led conservation finance organization created by First Nations, the governments of British Columbia and Canada, and private foundations—created the Renewable Energy for Remote Communities program with the Province of British Columbia. This initiative launched in early 2020 and includes $7.9 million in new investments made with coastal First Nations towards transitioning their remote communities’ fossil fuel-dependent electrical grids to renewable energy sources. The program aims to reduce reliance on diesel by funding the capital costs of renewable electricity project. Expressions of interest are due by October 1, 2020 and applications are due by November 1, 2020.