A summary of funding and incentive programs available for biogas developers.
On March 14 at the GLOBE Forum in Vancouver, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the $500 million Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The Challenge is the second part of the broader Low Carbon Economy Fund, which was announced in June 2017; the first part was the $1.4 billion Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, which provided funds directly to provinces and territories that have adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change. Per the announcement’s details, the Low Carbon Economy Challenge will have two streams aimed at supporting projects that will reduce greenhouse gases. Potential applicants are to submit an Expression of Interest to ECCC online. The submissions deadline for an expression of interest is May 14, 2018.
Federal Natural Resources Minister James Carr announced the creation of a new $220 million Program to reduce dependence on diesel generation in rural and remote communities and industrial sites. Two core programs will work directly with project proponents and communities: (1) Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams and Capacity Building Stream (2) Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity (REACHE) – a $53.5 million commitment over the next 10 years for the deployment of renewable energy projects in northern communities to reduce their reliance on diesel for heating and electricity through the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. A new website has been established to find information on federal programming to reduce diesel use in rural and remote communities. NRCan has also created a portal to help determine whether specific projects might be eligible for support. The deadline for submissions to the BioHeat Demonstration & Deployment Program Stream is May 17, 2018 to be considered for the first year (2018-2019) of the program.
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, 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.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund provides grants and low interest loans to municipalities in support of activities in the following sectors: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water. Grants are offered for developing sustainable community plans, conducting feasibility studies and field tests (up to 50% of costs to a maximum of $350,000) and loans are offered to implement projects. In the waste sector, funding is available to support waste diversion projects. Eligible applicants can request up to $4 million in loans and $400,000 in grants for each project. Rates for municipalities are 1.5 per cent lower than the Government of Canada bond rate and even further below market rates.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ new Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program provides funding, training and resources to help municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program is funded by the Government of Canada. Grants of up to $175,000 to develop plans and studies to reduce GHG emissions and help your community adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme temperatures, flooding and drought are available now. Apply today.
On March 5, the Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Chris Ballard, launched the newest program to be funded by the province’s cap and trade revenue – GreenON Challenge. This $300M fund will be administered by the Green Ontario Fund (‘GreenON’). Per the program website, the GreenON Challenge program is focused on projects that identify and propose a solution to a market barrier in deploying commercially available low-carbon technologies and/or improving processes in buildings or the production of goods. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is May 7, 2018.
Ontario is supporting the development of new, globally competitive low-carbon technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and fight climate change. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science launched the new Cleantech Strategy on February 13th, which will help cleantech companies launch products and services, find new customers, and scale up in a global market that is expected to be worth $2.5 trillion by 2022. The Strategy aims to establish Ontario as a recognized North American cleantech hub by leveraging provincial areas of competitive strength to meet growing national and international market demand for new technologies, while supporting climate change commitments and goals.
BioTalent Canada is offering two wage subsidy programs for companies with an environmental focus to hire recent graduates. Career Focus Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for employment opportunities that have a green mandate or any job with an employer that has an environmental focus. The program provides up to $13,500 in wage subsidies. The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program is an initiative to help graduates from a STEM program entering a position with an environmental focus. The maximum funding for this program is $15,000 for a 6-month term.