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Clean Technology in British Columbia

Trailblazers in Clean Tech

British Columbia’s (B.C.) clean tech sector ranks among the top 10 globally. We are home to more than a quarter of all Canadian clean technology companies focused in areas ranging from water and waste management to clean transportation and energy management, efficiency and storage.

We are committed to clean growth with a roadmap to a net-zero future and is the cleanest jurisdiction in western North America, with an average of 98% of its electricity generation coming from clean or renewable resources.

Cape Scott wind farms

Sector Profile



25% of Canada’s clean technology firms are located in Vancouver

Vancouver Economic Commission (2021)

Canada ranks 2nd on the Global Cleantech Innovation Index

Cleantech Group (2021)

3.1% of global technology research publications are published by Canada

Government of Canada (2020)

B.C. is actively engaged in finding and refining better ways to power the future.

  • Clean power – The abundance of affordable hydroelectricity and sustainable energy sources delivers competitive pricing – some of the lowest in North America — to fuel innovation.
  • Wide range of opportunities – Clean transportation, hydrogen and fuel cell innovations, desalination treatment, water purification, carbon capture, and renewable energy technologies are just a few of the active programs working towards a cleaner future. B.C. is powering our transition to a lower-carbon future with a new hydrogen strategy.
  • Supportive government – Programs like the B.C. Indigenous Clean Energy initiative, the Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy, the CleanBC program, and other government-supported projects are driving investment and industry looking to meet the growing global demand for low-carbon products, services, and pollution-reducing technologies.
  • Centres of excellence – You can find engaged, active, and innovative centres of excellence in many of our world-class educational institutions across the province. These centres are driving research, development, and training in renewable energy, sustainable building, integrated energy solutions, private research, and testing.

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