CleanTech

Build a greener future
for the world in Ontario

CleanTech

Build a greener future for the world in Ontario

Global CleanTech Industry

A race to shape the future of clean energy
Did you know that if countries worldwide actually implement their announced energy and climate pledges, the global market for clean energy technologies will be worth around US $650 billion a year by 2030? That’s approximately three times than it is today.
Governments are racing to shape the future of clean energy technologies by increasing the resiliency and diversity of supply chains. Continued focus on boosting industrial strategies in the sector promises to result in higher investment allure and a more prominent role in international trade. The USA, China, Japan, Canada, and Germany are the most notable CleanTech players in the world market currently.
The global competition has created a diverse ecosystem of programs and services to support promising CleanTech entrepreneurs and adopters in Canada.

Canadian CleanTech Industry

A formidable authority in global CleanTech
Among the many industries and applications of CleanTech, water, carbon capture, and renewable energy take centre stage in Canada’s CleanTech space. Industry veterans like Carbon Upcycling, Eavor Technologies, Ekona Power and young CleanTech disruptors like Acuicy, Amatec, and Nanode Battery Technologies call Canada home.
Canada is helping solve global water challenges with its innovative water technologies. Canada is the 3rd largest producer of Hydropower and prides itself on acquiring 66.6% of its electricity and 18.9% of its energy supply from renewable sources.
The country is also a recognized leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, with about 90% of its tech exported, and holds an impressive 20% share of the world's large-scale carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects.
Canada already ranks #2 on the Global CleanTech Innovation Index 2023, and is also the second most represented country in the Global CleanTech 100. Since 2017, the Canadian government has invested over CA $2.3 billion in clean technology innovation, commercialization and adoption.

In 2019, an export target of CA $20 billion per year was placed on ECT products; as of 2021, Canada’s export of ECT products had already reached CA $17.9 billion per year.

Canada’s confidence in the industry has been further reinforced by the latest 2023 Budget, which features significant investment in the clean energy and CleanTech industry. As of April 2022, Canada has 2427 pure play CleanTech firms across industries and provinces.

Canadian
CleanTech Industry

A formidable authority in global CleanTech
Among the many industries and applications of CleanTech, water, carbon capture, and renewable energy take centre stage in Canada’s CleanTech space. Industry veterans like Carbon Upcycling, Eavor Technologies, Ekona Power and young CleanTech disruptors like Acuicy, Amatec, and Nanode Battery Technologies call Canada home.
Canada is helping solve global water challenges with its innovative water technologies. Canada is the 3rd largest producer of Hydropower and prides itself on acquiring 66.6% of its electricity and 18.9% of its energy supply from renewable sources.
The country is also a recognized leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, with about 90% of its tech exported, and holds an impressive 20% share of the world's large-scale carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects.
Canada already ranks #2 on the Global CleanTech Innovation Index 2023, and is also the second most represented country in the Global CleanTech 100. Since 2017, the Canadian government has invested over CA $2.3 billion in clean technology innovation, commercialization and adoption.

In 2019, an export target of CA $20 billion per year was placed on ECT products; as of 2021, Canada’s export of ECT products had already reached CA $17.9 billion per year.

Canada’s confidence in the industry has been further reinforced by the latest 2023 Budget, which features significant investment in the clean energy and CleanTech industry. As of April 2022, Canada has 2427 pure play CleanTech firms across industries and provinces.

Why Choose Ontario
For CleanTech

A leader in water, hydrogen, and CCUs in Canada
Ontario ranks #1 as the largest Cleantech sector in Canada with the province contributing CA $25.2 billion to Canada's GDP.
Ontario is specifically renowned for its pursuit of clean water. The province has made key technological breakthroughs in water remediation through UV disinfection and membrane filtration. Here, you can also find the world's pioneering all-electric, battery-powered underground mine which successfully eliminates greenhouse gas emissions related to material movement.
 
Ontario held the largest share in GDP contribution to the sector. In 2021, Ontario represented 34.5%, while Quebec accounted for 29.8% and British Columbia accounted for 15.1%.

Ontario is home to 5000 CleanTech companies, out of which five made it into the world’s Top 100: Ecobee (smart thermometers); GaN Systems (power transistors); GE Vernova (renewable power efficiency); Li-Cycle (lithium battery recycling); Parity (energy efficiency).
 
Some of the key CleanTech hubs within Ontario are Toronto-Waterloo and Kingston.
  • Toronto-Waterloo area is the top-ranking CleanTech ecosystem in Canada, 6th in North America, and 12th in the world. Its total early-stage funding stands at CA $2.3 billion, four times the global average.
  • Kingston was the first Canadian city to adopt a protocol for sustainable energy procurement; it has a number of cleantech companies along with innovation and commercialization hubs, such as Launch Lab and Queen’s Innovation Centre.
Ontario is the second largest tech cluster in North America and also hosts a concentration of world-class universities. The University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College, Western University, and many more dispense top tech talent. In fact, graduates from the University of Waterloo are known to be the second most frequently hired by Silicon Valley companies.

A particularly significant development in Ontario is the recently established Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (EaRTH) District that fosters CleanTech companies by providing access to exceptional R&D facilities, a skilled workforce, and readily available serviced industrial and commercial spaces.

The EaRTH District comprises five GTA Colleges and Universities, Centennial College, the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Ontario Tech University, Durham College, and Trent University. Together they are dedicated to sector-focused collaboration in the form of expertise, knowledge mobilization, active collaboration, and job creation to develop the region’s clean, green, sustainable technology sectors.

Canada’s trade agreements cover markets valued at over US $50 trillion with 1.7 billion consumers. Canada has free trade agreements with the largest manufacturing markets in the world: the United States (USMCA), the European Union (CETA) and Asia-Pacific (CPTPP).
Your business can have access to 187 million consumers within a day’s drive of the Greater Toronto Area. Ontario has 4 international and 300 regional airports, 250,000 km of roads and highways, a dozen border crossings and the 6th most internationally connected airport in the world.

Ontario’s CleanTech Industry Facts

1st

largest CleanTech sector in Canada

127,000

employees

100

water technology
incubators

5000

CleanTech environment companies

$25.6B

contribution to GDP

$7.2B

in annual exports

Ontario’s CleanTech Industry Facts

1st

largest CleanTech sector in Canada

127,000

employees

100

water technology incubators

5000

CleanTech environment companies

$25.6B

contribution to GDP

$7.2B

in annual exports

CleanTech Funding, Resources and Organizations

Natural Resources Canada is dedicated to enhancing Canada’s abundant natural resources sustainably and competitively; they oversee energy efficiency initiatives, minerals and mining efforts, forestry sustainability measures, diversified energy sources (oil, gas, renewables), and more.

Environment and Climate Change Canada educates Canadians on safeguarding and preserving Canada’s natural legacy; they spearhead and track weather forecasts, environmental indicators, pollution and waste management, wildlife habitats, and more.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) collaborate with Canadians across various economic sectors and regions to enhance investment conditions, boost innovation, and expand Canada’s global trade share.

Clean Growth Hub is a federal knowledge hub that is the primary hub for information, resources, and guidance on federal support for clean technology in Canada, maintained by the three authorities mentioned above.

Canada’s Innovation Superclusters foster collaboration among industry leaders, SMEs, non-profit organizations, and post-secondary institutions to accelerate growth in five promising sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chains
  • Digital Technologies
  • Oceans
  • Plant Proteins

As a start-up in the CleanTech space, if you think your product or service can add value to any of these sectors, you can apply for membership. Members have the opportunity to propose and participate in Supercluster projects. Approx CA $750 million over five years has been earmarked for Canada’s Global Innovation Clusters.

BioIndustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

is a prime business accelerator for sustainable chemistry. Visit Site

represents organizations and individuals directly involved in the development and application of wind, solar and energy storage technologies, products and services. Visit Site

is partnered with Trent University and offers a Research and Innovation Park for startups, spinouts, growth ventures, and corporate accelerators focussed on CleanTech. Visit Site

situated at Ontario Tech’s north Oshawa site, is a premier facility that aims to pioneer clean energy research and uncover major solutions to the problem of climate change. Currently, researchers are pioneering the world’s initial lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production.
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is a partnership between Foresight Canada and Social Innovation Canada to support those working on climate or water technology by helping validate their solutions and business models, advance their technologies, raise funding, and create meaningful impact. Visit Site

is a membership-based organization that advances the energy storage industry in Canada through collaboration, education, policy advocacy and research. Visit Site

is a community bringing together knowledge and opportunities to realize the benefits of hydrogen energy. Visit Site

is a provincial association that promotes, fosters, and grows Ontario’s clean technology sector. They provide funding opportunities too.
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is an industry association that represents over 200 companies offering environmental products, technologies, and services to government and industry sectors. Visit Site

provides real-world technology demonstration opportunities and encourages collaboration between private companies and academic researchers to accelerate and commercialize innovative water technologies. Visit Site

brings social innovation practitioners together to build the capacity of the sector. Visit Site

provides incubation support to water tech startups by offering free access to over 30 pieces of sophisticated water testing equipment.
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CleanTech Companies in Ontario

logo of cleantech company cummins
Cummins
2290 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 6H9, Canada
logo of cleantech company ecamion
eCAMION
450 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A9, Canada
logo of cleantech company ecobee
Ecobee
207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7, Canada
logo of cleantech company e-zinc
E-Zinc
24 Buckingham St, Toronto, ON M8Y 2W2, Canada
logo of cleantech company gan-systems
GaN Systems
770 Palladium Dr, Stittsville, ON K2V 1C8, Canada
logo of cleantech company ge vernova
GE Vernova
50 West Pearce St Unit 16, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1C5, Canada
logo of cleantech company hydrostor
Hydrostor
333 Bay St. Suite 520, Toronto, ON M5H 2R2, Canada
li-cycle-logo
Li-Cycle
207 Queens Quay W Suite 590, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7, Canada
nuvation-energy-logo
Nuvation Energy
140 Bathurst Dr, Waterloo, ON N2V 1V6, Canada
logo of cleantech company parity
Parity
579 Richmond St W Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5V 1Y6, Canada
logo of cleantech company pond technologies
Pond Technologies
250 Shields Court, Unit 8, Markham, ON L3R 9W7, Canada
silfab-solar-logo
Silfab Solar
240 Courtneypark Dr E, Mississauga, ON L5T 2S5, Canada
logo of cleantech company trojan technologies
Trojan Technologies
3020 Gore Rd, London, ON N5V 4T7, Canada
Show Companies
logo of cleantech company cummins
Cummins
2290 Argentia Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 6H9, Canada
logo of cleantech company ecamion
eCAMION
450 Midwest Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 3A9, Canada
logo of cleantech company ecobee
Ecobee
207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7, Canada
logo of cleantech company e-zinc
E-Zinc
24 Buckingham St, Toronto, ON M8Y 2W2, Canada
logo of cleantech company gan-systems
GaN Systems
770 Palladium Dr, Stittsville, ON K2V 1C8, Canada
logo of cleantech company ge vernova
GE Vernova
50 West Pearce St Unit 16, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1C5, Canada
logo of cleantech company hydrostor
Hydrostor
333 Bay St. Suite 520, Toronto, ON M5H 2R2, Canada
li-cycle-logo
Li-Cycle
207 Queens Quay W Suite 590, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7, Canada
nuvation-energy-logo
Nuvation Energy
140 Bathurst Dr, Waterloo, ON N2V 1V6, Canada
logo of cleantech company parity
Parity
579 Richmond St W Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5V 1Y6, Canada
logo of cleantech company pond technologies
Pond Technologies
250 Shields Court, Unit 8, Markham, ON L3R 9W7, Canada
silfab-solar-logo
Silfab Solar
240 Courtneypark Dr E, Mississauga, ON L5T 2S5, Canada
logo of cleantech company trojan technologies
Trojan Technologies
3020 Gore Rd, London, ON N5V 4T7, Canada
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