Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

July 28, 2011 13:00 ET

Harper Government Announces Clean Technology Projects in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - Today, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Delta–Richmond East, announced that the Government of Canada, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), will invest $13.3 million for clean technology projects in British Columbia.

These projects are among 17 new clean technology projects being supported today across Canada through an investment of $53 million from SDTC's SD Tech Fund™. This fund is helping realize the commercialization of clean technology in many sectors of the economy including agriculture, transportation, mining and energy.

"Our Government is committed to supporting clean energy technology in Canada as an effective measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create high-quality jobs for Canadians," said Minister Oliver. "The projects announced today demonstrate our leadership in driving clean energy technology innovation to help create a viable clean energy industry in Canada."

"This investment is good news for the Province of British Columbia as we strive to advance Canada's clean technology industry," said Parliamentary Secretary Findlay. "New clean technology projects, like those announced today, stimulate our local economy while helping protect the environment."

Today's announcement includes investments of:

  • $2.4 million to Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay for a salmon recirculating aquaculture project;

  • $2.5 million to Shipstone Energy Corporation in Victoria for a energy storage project;

  • $1.5 million to Linnaeus Plant Sciences Inc. in Vancouver for a seed development project;

  • $1.2 million to LaCima Corp. in Vancouver for a electric vehicle project;

  • $2.2 million to Cooledge Lighting Ltd. in Vancouver for a microLED lighting system project; and

  • $3.5 million to PAVAC Industries Inc. in Richmond for a coal power emissions reduction project.

"The benefits of clean technologies for Canadians are clear. However, the impact of innovation comes through commercialization: only when R&D reaches the market does it begin delivering results," said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "By helping promising clean technologies reach the market faster, SDTC is ensuring that Canadians can enjoy their economic and environmental benefits sooner."

Sustainable Development Technology Canada's SD Tech Fund™ has supported more than 220 projects and allocated $548 million, generating more than $1.3 billion in leveraged funds.

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