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Helping to reduce greenhouse gases.

TargetGHG is helping Ontario develop and introduce cleantech solutions to the market by encouraging large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technology and by supporting Ontario’s entrepreneurs. The program is dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, support cleantech innovation and drive job creation and economic development.

OCE’s TargetGHG for industrial emitters addresses two key issues:

  • the need to support the adoption of innovative clean technologies for industry
  • the need for solutions that will help create a cleaner Ontario
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Program Overview

Please note that the Stream 1 - Industrial Demonstration Program is now closed for application intake.

Through the TargetGHG Demonstration Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will support projects with industrial large emitters that demonstrate greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions in collaboration with innovative companies providing cleantech solutions. The projects will help Ontario meet its year 2020 targets for GHG emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario.

Ontario’s industrial large emitters are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs), in partnership with solutions providers, to implement proven technologies. OCE will support approximately eight projects that demonstrate (GHG) emission reductions. Eligible demonstration projects may fall into the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source
  • Value Chain
  • CO2 Innovations

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The TargetGHG Demonstration Program supports demonstration projects with industrial large emitters and will help Ontario reduce GHG emissions.

Objectives of the TargetGHG Demonstration Program:

  • Encourage collaboration and drive commercialization by implementing clean technology
  • Establish Ontario as a leader in cleantech by helping Ontario’s industry develop, demonstrate and adopt leading-edge technologies
  • Bring together technology development and adoption where Ontario’s innovators and entrepreneurs can work together with industrial large emitters and their customers and supply chains to reduce GHG emissions
  • Catalyze private sector investments in clean technology and drive adoption

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How Funding Works
  • Applications can be of any size, however, OCE funding will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible project cash costs to a maximum of $5,000,000
  • Project duration is up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020
  • Applications from a consortium of multiple emitters and solution providers MUST not exceed the above-mentioned limits

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Eligible Applicants:

  • Applicants MUST be an Ontario-based industrial large emitter
  • A Consortium of smaller emitters are eligible applicants if they demonstrate a sector-wide impact
  • Co-applicants are required and MUST be a technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions

Eligible Projects:

  • Projects MUST pilot, implement and operationalize innovative proven technologies demonstrating cleantech solutions which address Ontario’s climate change plan. Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been used before or have been tested or simulated in a laboratory or operational environment.
  • Projects MUST commission and start-up the demonstration.

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How to Apply

Step 1: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Applicants MUST engage with an OCE Business Development Manager to initiate and prepare an EOI. Click here for EOI Instructions.

Step 2: Invitation to a Full Application

Applicants whose EOIs are selected by the EOI Review committee will be invited to submit a full application to OCE.

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Program Overview

Please note that the Stream 2 - Collaborative Technology Development Program is now closed for application intake

This program is intended for Ontario-based SMEs to develop and demonstrate new and innovative technologies that have strong potential to result in significant, verifiable and sustainable GHG emissions reductions in Ontario, Canada and globally. The SMEs are required to develop Consortium Partnerships which may include industrial large emitters, other SMEs, large enterprises and academic institutions.

Applications may be for development and demonstration of innovative technologies in the following strategic investment areas, including and not limited to:

  • Industrial Point Source
  • Value Chain
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization

Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This program is supported by the Ontario government with funds dedicated to projects that drive job creation and economic development, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and support cleantech innovation.

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How Funding Works

The total funding available for projects supported through this Call is up to $6.7 million Canadian Dollars ($CAD) from OCE, subject to the discretion of OCE and the availability of funds. 

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This Call is directed at Ontario Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Ontario SMEs are defined as organizations incorporated and operating in Canada, having fewer than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue. The Ontario SME must have R&D and or manufacturing operations in Ontario.  There are no restrictions on the number of applications that can be submitted by any Applicant. Projects or portions thereof that have received OCE funding are not eligible to receive further funding for the same development. However, Applicants may request support for a new phase of development that builds on and sufficiently advances a previously-funded project.

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How To Apply

Applicants may initiate an online application in the AccessOCE Application Portal (“Portal”) by working with an OCE Business Development Manager .  Once an application is initiated, applicants must complete all requisite information requested in the online Portal and upload a completed application form to the module and other content. Applications must be initiated in the  Portal 1 week prior to the deadline above. The submission must be finalized by completing all necessary steps in order for the application to be considered complete.

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Please note that Stream 3 - Carbon XPRIZE is now closed.

Ontario is making up to $2.5 million available to Ontario-based teams competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global challenge to address climate change by incentivizing innovators to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable everyday products.

Funding will be made available as a part of the TargetGHG program to Ontario teams for the development and demonstration of their concepts through the three stages of the Carbon XPRIZE competition which began in September 2015 and ends in March 2020. This initiative is a partnership between OCE and Carbon XPRIZE.

Eligibility for Ontario support:

Ontario-based teams that are registered in the XPRIZE and are successful in proceeding to the next stages of the competition may be eligible for the $2.5-million program on a competitive basis.

The exact amount of OCE funding per team will depend on how many Ontario teams advance and how far they get in the competition. The OCE funding also requires matching contributions secured by teams themselves.

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE will incentivize development of new and emerging CO2 conversion technologies, accelerating these breakthroughs from laboratory testing to demonstration under real-world conditions. The prize will help identify the most promising pathways for CO2 conversion and prove the technologies can be deployed at power plants and other industrial facilities. There are two tracks to the competition: one focused on testing technologies at a coal power plant and one focused on testing technologies at a natural gas power plant. One winner from each track will receive a top prize of $7.5 million (USD).

Teams will be subject to XPRIZE competition guidelines, including meeting minimum requirements, and will be scored on how much CO2 they convert, and the net value of their products.

Please see NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for more information or to register.

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Carbon XPRIZE is a global challenge to address climate change by incentivizing innovators to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable everyday products. OCE, has a longstanding history in cleantech, having supported many hundreds of cleantech-related companies. OCE has supported over 243 clean-tech related projects leading to the creation and retention of close to 900 jobs.

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About Ontario's Solutions 2030 Challenge

Please note that Ontario's Solutions 2030 Challenge is now closed for entries.  Visit for future application intake information.

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is a global call for innovators to propose their solutions to help Ontario industry reduce GHG emissions. With up to $7M cash in prizes, including up to $3M in support for the winning team to bring their transformative technology to market, the Challenge asks teams and industry to collaborate and envision a path forward to tackle climate change in Ontario and around the world.

A three Phase competition over three years, the Solutions 2030 Challenge is designed to identify and accelerate the development of technologies that have a high potential to help industry and create a cleaner Ontario.

For more information and full competition guidelines for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, please visit

Our TargetGHG partners include    Emissions Reductions Alberta NSERCSustainable Development Technology Canada XPrize