Clean Technology

British Columbia, Canada provides the resources and support to help clean tech companies grow into the global market.

The clean technology sector, including power generation, energy efficiency, transportation and industrial processes that create green benefits, has been growing steadily. Worth $3 trillion per year globally, clean tech is creating great opportunities for investment in British Columbia.
More than 270 clean technology companies have made British Columbia home. These green-thinking firms are recognized internationally for leadership in the industry. British Columbia's supportive environment and programs will help your clean technology company grow as the sector expands to meet worldwide demand.

Quick Facts

  • British Columbia has one of the highest tech sector growth rates relative to GDP in Canada
  • British Columbia is home to more than a quarter of Canadian clean technology companies
  • Seven B.C. clean tech businesses are on the 2019 Global Cleantech 100, which lists companies from around the world with the most innovative and promising ideas in clean tech.
  • British Columbia has abundant water and clean, reliable energy – 98% created directly from renewable resources

Key Advantages

Technology companies in British Columbia can count on an environment that actively encourages investment, with competitive taxes, reduced regulations and many opportunities for growth.

Research and development - Twenty five world-class educational institutions and several centres of excellence support green research and technology development. 

Competitive business environment - British Columbia offers a stable fiscal environment that is cost-competitive with other major North American centres. Enjoy competitive personal taxes, a general provincialcorporate income tax rate of just 12% and a combined provincial/federal rate of just 27%.

Low power pricing - 98% of British Columbia's electricity comes from renewable resources. This provides clean power to support industry developments at some of North America’s most affordable and reliable rates. 

Top talent - British Columbia’s large, flexible and educated workforce of more than 114,000 workers across the broader tech ecosystem is well represented by young, diverse and energetic talent.

Clean Technology Sector Snapshot

British Columbia’s clean technology sector is built on a solid foundation of global recognition for sound environmental stewardship and leadership in the fuel cell industry. The province also offers a leading-edge bio-energy sector, world-class utility programs, ready-access to natural gas and strong linkages to world markets.

Investors and companies from around the globe are discovering the financial and environmental benefits of our clean technology projects in fields including:

Hydrogen and fuel cells, particularly for applications beyond transportation, from the smallest mobile devices to telecommunications stations.

Clean transportation, with major international manufacturers developing plug-in electric, fuel cell and natural gas engines.

Energy management and efficiency technologies, such as smart measurement, monitoring and controls that power intelligent energy use.

Renewable energy technology based on the development, testing and use of British Columbia's abundant natural resources.

Water and waste resource management technologies that turn wastewater and solid waste into pristine drinking water, clean energy and valuable, marketable materials.

Innovating locally, exporting globally 

The reach of the industry is considerable as British Columbia’s clean tech companies sell a significant volume of products and services to customers outside of the province. British Columbia's largest export market is the United States, while combined sales to Europe, Asia and other countries is expected to grow to one-third of the sector's total revenue by 2021.

Technology Sector Support

In addition to general business incentive programs, British Columbia and Canada offer the following programs specifically for the technology sector:

BC Tech Fund
A $100 million venture capital fund that invests in British Columbia's emerging technology companies across multiple sectors, including clean tech, information and communications technology (ICT), digital media and life science/healthcare.

First Nation Clean Energy Business Fund
Promotes increased Indigenous participation in the clean energy sector.

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program
Provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to develop technologies for competitive advantage.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Finances and supports clean technologies that provide solutions to issues of climate change, clean air, water and soil and that deliver economic, environmental and health benefits to Canadians.

Alacrity's Cleantech Program
The Alacrity BC Cleantech Initiative focuses on early-commercialization companies that are looking for support in their growth to reach global markets and generate export revenue. The Program works with cleantech companies in many verticals, including water and wastewater treatment, agritech, oceantech, and energy and resource efficiency.

Clean Technology Sector Supports

British Columbia's green centres of excellence bring experts from the public, private and academic sectors together to collaborate on applied research, development and commercialization of new technologies.

Centre of Excellence Academic Institutions Focus
Centre for Energy Systems Applications British Columbia Institute of Technology Renewable energy technologies (geo-exchange, photovoltaic and biomass lighting) in an integrated systems approach
Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability University of British Columbia Sustainable building technologies and urban development practice.
Energy House Northern Lights College Wind turbines, photovoltaics, solar thermal, biomass and geo-exchange
Institute for Integrated Energy Systems University of Victoria Renewable energy systems
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability University of British Columbia Sustainable resource management and ecology
Pacific Institute for Climate Solution University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and University of Northern British Columbia Low-carbon economy, climate change, sustainable communities and resilient ecosystems
Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Construction Management Technology Okanagan College Green building principles and renewable energy technologies

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