stack of moneyVarious Canadian programs provide financial support or technical advice to small- and medium-sized enterprises, commercial businesses and industry, and not-for-profit organizations to encourage the development and application of environmental innovations, including pollution prevention initiatives.


Canadian Environmental Technology Advancement Centres (CETACs)

In 1994, Environment Canada created the three CETACs as not-for-profit organizations that help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) advance innovative environmental technologies that address Government of Canada's environmental priorities. Every year, the CETACs assist an average of 300.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Study Incentive

The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study incentive can help to defray the cost of hiring a technical firm to conduct a CFD study for the purpose of identifying, quantifying and explaining uneven heat transfer in process fluid that leads to inefficiencies. It can also help to identify means to reduce carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide emissions. Under the CFD Study Incentive, Natural Resources Canada reimburses companies for up to 50 percentof the invoiced study cost, to a maximum of $30,000.

ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Buildings

Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) offers the ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Buildings, the commercial/institutional component of the ecoENERGY Retrofit financial incentives for existing homes, buildings and industrial processes. If you have not yet started a new energy efficiency project, you could receive up to $10 per gigajoule of estimated energy savings, 25 percent of eligible project costs or $50,000 per project. When applying, you will need to provide a pre-project energy audit of your buildings. You cannot start the project or incur any eligible costs until you receive written approval from the Government of Canada.

ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Industry

Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) ecoENERGY Retrofit program is designed to help industrial facilities overcome financial barriers to improving the energy efficiency of their operations.

NRCan will provide a financial incentive of up to 25 percent of project costs to a maximum of $50,000 per application and $250,000 per corporate entity to help small- and medium-sized industrial facilities implement energy-saving projects.

Financing for Purchasing Equipment

The Purchasing Equipment financing option provides up to $5,000,000 to manufacturers who would like to increase their productivity through facility upgrades. This option is ideal for businesses that are looking to improve the environmental performance of their operating and process equipment.

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides financial assistance for Canadian SMEs and industrial associations desiring to enhance their technological environmental capability through innovation.

Innovation Financing

The Innovation financing option provides working capital to small businesses with loans of up to $250,000 to take on new challenges in the global marketplace. Loans may be used for projects such as financing the development of e-commerce (Internet site, intranet or extranet), exploring new export markets, developing new products and services and adopting quality management standards.

Moving on Sustainable Transportation (MOST)

Transport Canada created the Moving on Sustainable Transportation (MOST) program to promote awareness of sustainable transportation issues and the development of new tools and approaches to encourage concrete action by Canadians.

The primary objectives of the MOST program are to:

  • stimulate the development of innovative tools, approaches and practices for increasing the sustainability of Canada's transportation system;
  • realize quantifiable environmental and sustainable development results on Transport Canada's sustainable development priorities; and,
  • provide Canadians with practical information and tools for better applying sustainable transportation thinking to their daily lives.

Process Integration Study Incentive

A Process Integration (PI) study incentive can help to defray the cost of hiring a technical firm to conduct a PI study that determines the most efficient use of energy, water and raw materials. Under the PI Study Incentive, Natural Resources Canada reimburses companies for up to 50 percent of the invoiced study cost, to a maximum of $50,000.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Program (SR&ED)

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program supports Canadian innovation. It is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) focuses both on funding innovations with commercial and environmental promise-and on building the entrepreneurial capacity of innovators to go to market and succeed.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada's funding program aims to increase each project's chances of success to market and to help Canadian entrepreneurs carry out their innovation efforts within Canada. Only those technologies that have demonstrated their potential to meet market demand and help achieve Canada's environmental goals for reducing the effects of climate change and improving air quality are supported. By taking these steps, SDTC effectively de-risks clean technologies and prepares them for downstream financing.

Are you looking for ideas on how to use your environmental action funding?

Try doing a sector search of the Canadian Pollution Prevention Information Clearinghouse (CPPIC) database to see what kind of options are available for your industry sector. Select your category and sector and then refine your search on the "Sector Search - Criteria" page with options to search by activity, information type, medium, subject, substance/issue, audience type, and type of pollution prevention. If you are looking for case studies in particular, select "Case Study/Research" from the "Information Type" drop down menu.

You could also try a keyword search of the CPPIC database to find pollution prevention project ideas.