FedDev Ontario supports clean technology companies to scale-up, create 300 jobs
“In our regions, we have incredible entrepreneurs, world-class post-secondary institutions and the dedication to work toward solutions for a better future. That is why we are partnering with organizations like Trent University to foster the right conditions for clean technology companies to grow, commercialize and bring their solutions to the world.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Peterborough-Kawartha has long been known as an environmentally-conscious region. Our government believes in our potential to be a national leader in the clean growth sector which puts us on the frontlines of a transition to a green economy and all of the job creation that comes with it. Our industry sector has incredible potential and by collaborating with Trent University and the Peterborough Innovation Cluster we are bringing together partners that will foster the cleantech cluster in Peterborough and beyond.”
- Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha
“This is a major federal investment which will support the Trent Enterprise Centre. It will be the only facility of its kind Canada, providing labs, technology assessment and demonstration zones and scale-up facilities which are specifically designed to support the commercialization of clean technology in the Cleantech Commons research park. Working in partnership with the city of Peterborough and private and public sectors, this will spur economic growth, creating science-based jobs, helping us to retain top talent, drive innovation and attract more investment.”
- Dr. Leo Groarke, President and Vice-Chancellor, Trent University
A 2017 report showed cleantech SMEs in Canada were high-performing firms, tending to grow, export and innovate more often than all SMEs. They were also more likely to seek to expand and to expect to grow.
The TEC will be able to leverage Trent’s existing modern laboratories and research equipment, as well as the cleantech expertise of faculty. Trent has over 70 faculty leading research and commercialization initiatives in environmental and bio sciences.
Trent University has one of the largest Environmental & Life Sciences graduate programs in Canada, with over 175 grad students per year, representing potential market-ready resources for employment, co-op programs and internships.
The Government of Canada’s non-repayable contribution leverages an additional $5.2 million in private sector investment.
FedDev has invested over $123 million in over 60 cleantech projects since 2015.
For over 10 years, FedDev Ontario has actively worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation and growth in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving their productivity, growing their revenues, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Read more about the impacts we are having in southern Ontario.
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
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