Canadian government launches $25 million program to support agricultural cleantech

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The Canadian government is dedicating $25 million over three years to help the country’s agricultural sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the development and adoption of cleantech.

Provinces and territories are eligible to apply for federal funding through this program, and are encouraged to work with industry on projects that focus on precision agriculture and bioproducts.

“This investment will help Canadian farmers stay on the cutting edge of clean technology by targeting developments in bioproducts and precision agriculture,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “Our government has made both agriculture and clean technology a priority for growth in our economy. This new program will contribute to Canada’s place as a world leader in agricultural clean technology, helping farmers to develop new and efficient uses of energy, while also protecting our environmental resources and mitigating climate change.”

The government noted that Natural Resources Canada will also provide $155 million for clean technology research and development and demonstration projects.

This program is part of the Government of Canada’s suite of clean technology programs and initiatives announced in Budget 2017. That budget had an intense focus on cleantech, including $130 million dedicated to cleantech research and development; $400 million over five years towards the Sustainable Development Tech Fund, focusing on cleantech projects; and $14.5 million over four years to develop Clean Technology Data Strategy.

The program will launch on April 1, 2018, and a program guide will be available in the coming weeks.

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