When we invest in Canadian ideas, our economy grows and our communities flourish. That’s why the Government of Canada is funding the development of innovative new products and processes in our natural resources sectors.
Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced an additional $3.1 million investment for an Indigenous-led clean technology pilot project that aims to use resources more efficiently to reduce pollution and water waste.
“Through projects like this, the Government of Canada is finding solutions that will help reduce pollution, drive clean innovation and create good jobs,” said Monsef. “Accelerating clean technology development is key to promoting sustainable economic growth as Canada moves toward a clean energy future ̶ helping us meet our domestic and international commitments while helping maintain our natural resource advantage for years to come.”
Carbonix, a Canadian Indigenous technology company, will scale-up a project that produces active carbons from sustainably sourced feedstock, like petroleum coke and wood waste, and uses them to capture contaminants from industrial waste streams and mine tailings. This project aims to accelerate the return of water used during extraction processes back to the environment and accelerate land restoration.
This additional funding – provided by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)’s Clean Growth Program – builds on the initial investment of $120,000 provided by NRCan’s Indigenous Forestry Initiative and Indigenous Services Canada’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative.
Through Generation Energy, Canada’s national energy dialogue, Canadians expressed that they want Canada to continue to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. The Government of Canada will continue to support energy projects that create a clean, sustainable, competitive natural resources sector that cuts pollution and acts on climate change.
- The Clean Growth Program is a $155-million investment fund that helps to advance emerging clean technologies’ commercial readiness so that natural resource operations can further reduce their impacts on air, land, and water, while enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs.
- The Indigenous Forestry Initiative provides funding to support Indigenous-led economic development in Canada’s forest sector to increase Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance.
- The Strategic Partnerships Initiative is an innovative program designed to increase Indigenous participation in complex economic development opportunities, particularly in the natural resource sectors where projects are emerging at an unprecedented rate across the country.