VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2013) - On behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, announced today that the Government of Canada, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), will make important investments in six clean technology projects in British Columbia.
These projects, in which the federal government is investing $9 million, are part of 23 new clean technology projects being supported today across Canada through an investment of $61.8 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 doing its part to encourage innovation and the next wave of clean technologies to help protect our environment and create high-quality jobs," said Minister Oliver. "Investments in projects such as these demonstrate our leadership in driving a vibrant clean technology industry in Canada."
"SDTC is proud to add these projects to its portfolio, now valued at more than $2 billion. When purchased and used by Canadian industry, these technologies will enable a variety of sectors to increase their share of global markets," said Dr. Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. "As Canada works to diversify its export markets, working with new trading partners in emerging countries, these innovative technologies will help make Canadian natural resources and products more globally attractive and competitive."
Today's announcement includes investments of:
- $1.4 million to MineSense Technologies in Vancouver for a mining waste reclamation project;
- $1.7 million to Power Measurement in Saanichton for a smart controller technology project for electric vehicle substations;
- $646,000 to Whale Shark Environmental Technologies in Vancouver for a ship hull-cleaning technology project;
- $2.7 million to semiosBIO Technologies in Vancouver for an integrated pest management system;
- $1 million to Diacarbon Energy Inc. in Burnaby for a bio-coal production facility; and,
- $2 million to NuWave Research Inc. in Burnaby for a commercial crop-drying technology project.
"These investments are good news for British Columbia as we strive to advance Canada's clean technology industry," said MP Warawa. "New clean technology projects, like those announced today, stimulate our local economy while helping protect the environment."
Over the past ten years, Sustainable Development Technology Canada's SD Tech Fund™ has supported more than 245 projects and allocated $592 million.
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