Ontario’s Cleantech Sector is Growing & Innovating at a Rapid Pace

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Innovation thrives in Ontario, a global leader in the accelerating transition to a low-carbon, low-pollution and resource-efficient economy.

It’s projected that the clean technology sector will exceed USD $2.5 trillion by 2022, as the world’s governments, NGOs and private sector collaborate to develop sustainable products, smart technology, and renewable energies.

Whether an early-stage developer or a company looking to expand internationally, Ontario offers the resources and supports necessary to take growth to the next level.

“Ontario is home to a robust ecosystem that contributes significantly to clean and green growth globally,” said Peter McArthur, chair of the Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association. “With our province’s talented workforce, innovative entrepreneurs, deep research and development infrastructure, and strong investment community, Ontario can have an even more transformative impact on climate challenges.”

The province’s cleantech sector includes leaders in solar, wind, fuel cells, biofuels, and smart technology, but it has particularly earned a global reputation in water purification.

Ontario companies have made clean water a reality in communities and industries around the world where it had been previously impossible. Many of the biggest breakthroughs in water remediation have come from Ontario, including UV disinfection and membrane filtration, two of the most widely used technologies.

Ontario’s water sector includes 900 companies, 300 early-stage water technology developers, 100 technology incubators, 42 Canadian Research Chairs dedicated to water, and employs more than 22,000 people.

Tap into Ontario ’s cleantech innovation hub.

More than $14 billion is spent in Ontario each year on industrial, university- and college-based, and private sector research. Companies looking for R&D incentives and support will find that the combination of provincial and national incentives and world-leading post-secondary research collaborations make Ontario among the most attractive places in the world for innovation.

The support system for cleantech in Ontario is second to none, and includes a broad range of industry and governmental organizations that champion the sector, foster R&D and technology commercialization, facilitate partnerships, and support global expansions.

Among the most recent developments is the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (EaRTH District), a collaboration between the University of Toronto Scarborough and Centennial College to provide a knowledge and training centre focused on the development of clean technologies, including Canada’s first net-zero vertical farm.

Sector leaders call Ontario home

Many of the world’s top water companies have chosen to locate in Ontario to take advantage of its R&D strengths – including American Water, Danaher, GE Water and Process Technologies, Nalco, Siemens Water Technologies, Trojan Technologies, Suez Degrémont, and Veolia Water.

Other cleantech leaders in Ontario include energy innovators Hydrostor Inc., Hydrogenics, Silfab Solar, waste recovery company Lystek International Inc., and biofuel maker Pond Technologies.

As well, four Ontario companies – ecobee, Enbala, GaN Systems, and Opus One Solutions – were named among the 2019 Global Cleantech 100, a compilation of the companies “best positioned to solve the future’s cleantech challenges and make an impact on the market.”

Ontario Offers it All

Ontario’s cleantech sector is helping communities, businesses and organizations across the globe implement effective, efficient solutions to environmental challenges.

With world-class R&D capabilities, low business costs, access to leading industry talent, generous government incentive programs and secure market access, Ontario, Canada is the place to grow ideas that will meet exploding global demand.