Introduction
Grants for Clean Technology Guidebook

It’s no secret that clean technology is a critical factor in Canada’s efforts to meet global sustainability commitments. Without innovative technologies to capture carbon from the atmosphere, increase the efficiency of production cycles, and ease our reliance on fossil fuels, the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 would be out of reach.


It’s no secret that clean technology is a critical factor in Canada’s efforts to meet global sustainability commitments. Without innovative technologies to capture carbon from the atmosphere, increase the efficiency of production cycles, and ease our reliance on fossil fuels, the goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 would be out of reach.

Fortunately, Canada is becoming a leader in clean technology. 13 of the Global Cleantech top 100, a list of companies best positioned to deliver climate solutions, are based in Canada, and clean tech businesses contributed $31B to Canada’s GDP in 2020. This success is due in part to the federal government’s investments in grants for clean technology companies. Since 2016, the government has committed billions of dollars in grant funding to boost innovation in this sector. If you’re in clean tech, you probably know that your business aligns with national policy priorities. Are you taking advantage of the range of funding opportunities available to you? 

When we say “funding opportunities,” we’re talking about programs for every size and type of business, not just the big, multi-million dollar initiatives designed to fuel R&D and boost Canada’s innovation economy. Of course, if you have an innovative pre-commercial product that solves a pressing climate challenge, you should be looking into competitive federal grants like the Strategic Innovation Fund or Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s Start-Up and Scale-Up program. But grants for clean initiatives come in all shapes and sizes, and businesses at any stage can benefit from grant funding. If your small business contributes to a more sustainable future for Canada, you could be one of the first in line to receive free grant money to hire, train, and expand to new markets. This Grants for Clean Technology Guidebook, will show you how to maximize grant funding for your clean tech business.

Let’s get started

Chapter 1 – Why do I want a clean tech grant for my small business?

The biggest barrier to adopting clean technology is not technological: it’s economic. Developing and scaling new technologies costs money, but the financial incentive to implement them also needs to be in place.

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Chapters List

  1. Tips on writing small business grants – (Coming soon)
  2. FAQ for small business grants – (Coming soon)
  3. Top mistakes to avoid when writing grant applications – (Coming soon)
  4. What happens after I apply for a grant? – (Coming soon)
  5. What happens when I’m approved for a grant? – (Coming soon)
  6. What happens if my grant application is denied? – (Coming soon)
  7. Can I get help securing grants? – (Coming soon)