Today, the Government of Ontario announced funding for projects in Streams 1 and 2 of the TargetGHG program at Walker Environmental in Niagara Falls.
TargetGHG brings together industry, cleantech SMEs and research consortia to develop technologies that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reduction targets, increase energy efficiency, support innovation, create jobs and strengthen the economy. Initially launched in February 2016, the program is administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Government of Ontario.
“Environmental sustainability is one of our greatest challenges, both now and in the future,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO, OCE. “OCE is proud to be a part of Ontario’s commitment to cleantech research and innovation by supporting provincial programs like TargetGHG.”
Stream 1 of TargetGHG is the Industrial Demonstration Program, which supports projects demonstrating reductions in GHG pollution that result from collaborations between industrial emitters and innovative companies providing solutions. It is supported by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).
“Supporting the efforts of large industries in their quest to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of our government’s Climate Change Action Plan,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “With the help of our province’s innovative cleantech companies, the TargetGHG program will help build a prosperous, low carbon economy and create a cleaner, more sustainable future for Ontario.”
Stream 2 includes the Collaborative Technology Development Program, which supports Ontario-based SMEs developing innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce GHG pollution and is supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) as well as the Collaborative R&D Program, which supports industry-academic collaborative research and development projects that will address Ontario’s GHG pollution reduction targets and create economic benefits and is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
“SDTC and Ontario Centres of Excellence have joined forces to provide one-window access to funding for Ontario clean technology companies as they scale up,” says Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, SDTC. “It’s a great example of federal and provincial agency cooperation to improve services to Canadian innovators. The projects announced today will deliver real environmental and economic benefits to Ontario and to Canadians.”
“Taking steps to reduce the impacts of greenhouse gases and air pollution on our climate and environment is a key priority in Canada,” says Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC. “NSERC is proud to partner with Ontario Centres of Excellence to connect Canada’s top researchers and companies to develop innovative clean technologies that will advance environmental sustainability in Canada and improve the health and quality of life of Canadians.”
For more information on today’s announcement, please visit the Government of Ontario's website.
TargetGHG is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, a five-year plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and transition to a low-carbon economy.