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.
On December 20, 2018 the Partnerships stream of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge, the second stream of this major federal climate mitigation-funding program, was launched. The Partnerships stream will provide $50 million in funding for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth. This fund is limited to applications from Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses (less than 500 employees), not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities (populations of less than 100,000). Final applications will be due March 8, 2019.
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 is March 1, 2019.
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.
Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund supports, among others, businesses, municipalities, First Nations and universities in the development of low-carbon technologies. Since 2008, the program has invested approximately $ 97 million in biomethanation, solar energy and energy management projects, for example.
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.
The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program is supported by funding from the Alberta government through Energy Efficiency Alberta, and the federal government through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, over three years. Funding will be available on a wide variety of equipment and systems such as heat recovery, combined heat and power, steam, compressed air, refrigeration, and more.
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.