Backgrounder: The Government of Canada invests close to $13 million in Lower Mainland businesses to fuel innovation and economic growth in B.C.


Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced an investment of almost $13 million in PacifiCan funding. This funding will help seven Lower Mainland businesses propel the B.C. economy forward in zero waste and clean tech industries, like expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, enhancing online sales technology for used EVs, treating wastewater, and repurposing organic waste into cat litter and organic fertilizer. This includes over $5.8 million for four companies through PacifiCan’s Jobs and Growth Fund and over $7.1 million for three businesses through its Business Scale-Up and Productivity program.

The projects announced today include:

Business Scale-Up and Productivity

Saltworks Technologies Inc.
Funding will help scale-up the company’s operations and advanced technology, which treats industrial wastewater and water used in processing lithium – a major component needed for car batteries in electric vehicles and key for the transition to clean energy. Saltworks will expand its current facility, hire new employees, improve manufacturing efficiency, expand sales across Canada, the United States and South America, and build after-sales support.

BQE Water Inc.
Funding will help the company to scale up its capacity and to commission multiple mining wastewater treatment plants concurrently. BQE Water will recruit, hire and train new staff, travel to job sites for plant commissioning and operation, and market its services at industry conferences.

LeadingAhead Energy Inc.
Funding will be used to scale-up the company’s advisory services for electric vehicle charging stations. With this funding, LeadingAhead Energy will purchase equipment, hire staff, and market their services across Canada and the United States.

Jobs and Growth Fund

Lucid Vision Labs Inc.
Funding will help the company to scale-up manufacturing of its compact, high performing cameras, used in applications like factory automation. This investment will almost triple the size of Lucid Vision Labs’ production facility in Richmond and allow it to keep up with demand and create new jobs.

Anaconda Systems Limited
Funding will allow the company to scale-up its innovative composting system, which quickly turns waste into organic fertilizer. Anaconda Systems Limited will also expand and market its waste solution across North America, resulting in less waste in landfills.

MintList Technologies Inc.
Funding will help scale-up and enhance the company’s online automotive marketplace (which includes the largest inventory of inspected, certified, pre-owned electric vehicles in B.C.) with new cybersecurity measures and automation tools. To achieve this, MintList Technologies will hire new staff, build new platform features and launch marketing campaigns to grow its customer base.

Tuft and Paw Inc.
Funding will help the company scale up sales and marketing of its eco-friendly cat litter subscription service. The litter is biodegradable and made from soybean husks, a byproduct of producing tofu. With this support, Tuft and Paw will attend trade shows, develop their mobile app and promote their products to new markets.

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Haley Hodgson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development and Minister Responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan)

Jillian Glover
Communications Manager

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