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

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Image of Anaconda Systems organic waste management  technology. Text reads: Almost $13 million invested in seven Lower Mainland clean tech and zero waste businesses

Seven local businesses in zero waste and clean tech industries will receive funding to commercialize new technology, expand their operations and reach new markets

June 28, 2023 – Vancouver, British Columbia – PacifiCan

British Columbia has the people, ideas and resources to address global challenges, while building the local economy. To support B.C.'s boldest and brightest changemakers, the Government of Canada is making strategic investments in businesses that are catalysts for Canadian-made innovation with growth potential beyond our borders.

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 to help seven Lower Mainland businesses propel the B.C. economy forward. This includes over $5.8 million for four businesses through PacifiCan’s Jobs and Growth Fund and over $7.1 million for three businesses through its Business Scale-Up and Productivity program.

Many of the funding recipients are in zero waste and clean tech industries that are expanding electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, enhancing online sales technology for used EVs, treating wastewater, and repurposing organic waste into commercial products like cat litter and organic fertilizer. More details about the businesses receiving funding today can be found in the backgrounder here.

Minister Sajjan made the announcement while visiting one of the funding recipients, Anaconda Systems Limited in Vancouver, B.C. Established in 2015, Anaconda Systems Limited designs, engineers and operates waste management systems for commercial and municipal use.

Anaconda Systems Limited has created an innovative aerobic composting system that can turn waste into organic fertilizer in 10 days – a process that typically takes 90 to 180 days. This process results in less waste to landfills, reducing methane gas in our atmosphere and helping create a net zero future. The company is receiving $2.5 million through the Jobs and Growth Fund to scale up its operations and market this solution across North America.

In all, today’s investments are expected to create over 300 jobs and almost $350 million in expected revenue growth for B.C. businesses.

The Government of Canada, through PacifiCan, supports innovation, business growth and community economic development in British Columbia. Through targeted funding programs, PacifiCan makes strategic investments in growing companies poised to strengthen B.C.’s position as a domestic and international leader in growing sectors, such as clean technology, life sciences and digital industries.


“To reach net zero, the world needs the ingenuity of British Columbian businesses. Companies like Anaconda Systems Limited are finding innovative solutions to global challenges and making British Columbia a leader in clean technology. Today’s investments will not only create over 300 quality jobs for British Columbians, but contribute to a greener future for Canada.”
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

“PacifiCan’s diverse investments across British Columbia enable businesses to create good local jobs and scale up productivity. Today’s announcement includes over $5.3 million for Lucid Vision Labs and Saltworks Technologies, two local companies based out of Richmond, B.C. This investment will help grow Richmond based talent and technology as well as getting Canadian made goods to new markets.”
- Parm Bains, Member of Parliament for Steveston-Richmond East

“Anaconda has developed a proprietary clean technology for organic waste processing infrastructure, tackling the pervasive issue of greenhouse gas emissions in transport and disposal. This investment from PacifiCan is key to the stage of Anaconda Systems Limited as a company, thereby enabling the export of our next generation technology.”
- Russell Zishiri, Founder & CEO, Anaconda Systems Limited

Quick facts

  • PacifiCan is the federal economic development agency dedicated to British Columbians. PacifiCan works with partners who are building innovative businesses, creating quality jobs, and supporting inclusive growth throughout our province.

  • The Business Scale-up and Productivity program makes strategic investments in key economic sectors, helping innovative companies accelerate their growth and compete globally.

  • The Jobs and Growth Fund helps job creators, and the organizations that support them, to future-proof their businesses. This includes building resiliency and growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering inclusion, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs across British Columbia.

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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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