Feds bolster BDC’s ability to provide more capital to clean tech companies
Funding will allow the bank to take on more risk so high-potential clean tech firms can expand and hire additional staff.
OTTAWA — The federal government will give $700 million over the next five years to the Business Development Bank of Canada in a bid to grow Canada’s clean technology industry.
The funding is intended to enable the bank to take on more risk, providing high-potential clean tech firms with more capital to expand their operations and hire additional staff.
The investment, announced in Montreal by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, is part of the government’s promise, made in last year’s budget, to invest $2.3 billion in clean technologies.
Bains is also set to announce the launch of a federal government “clean growth hub,” aimed at supporting clean tech companies and projects, co-ordinating existing programs and tracking results.
The government argues that investment in clean tech is good for both the environment and the economy.