It is with regret that I announce today that Canadian Green Tech will no longer be publishing articles, insights or news. The Canadian Green Tech Weekly Briefing, the main instrument for reaching readers, will also stop publication.
Over the last eight+ years, I have witnessed a major shift in the Canadian green and clean technology sector. It went from one that was largely ignored by governments, left to succeed without the financial and policy support afforded conventional energy and large industry. The federal government of the day was more interested in pipelines and getting Canadian resources to tide water than they were in building a sector for the future.
Despite that lack of federal policy support, entrepreneurs and innovators continued their work, largely to go after much larger international market opportunities. In recent years, particularly since the election of the Liberals in 2015, the federal perspective on this sector has changed.
There is now specific policy and funding support for new green and clean technology innovations. It’s no longer an economy versus environment discussion as it was under the previous Conservative government. Rather, protecting the environment, supporting green technology development and fighting climate change can be a big driver for the Canadian economy.
In addition to tackling major domestic challenges such as trying to help First Nations communities kick the diesel habit, the Liberals have brought Canada back to the international table alongside other nations fighting to address climate change.
In the last eight years, there has been big movements at the provincial level. Ontario was out in front of the green tech sector back in 2009 whiles others languished or simply chose to focus on fossil fuels. The Green Energy and Economy Act ushered in a new way of supporting renewable energy such solar, wind, biomass and biogas in the province. But of course, there were hiccups. Domestic content rules, designed to establish an Ontario base of manufacturers, were somewhat successful. But ultimately, they were forced aside because of a World Trade Organization complaint.
They were other problems too. High rates paid to those hosting solar projects is perhaps the most well known. But for others, the real issue was the constant government involvement in the Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program. It should have been a much more dynamic and marketing responding program rather than one that was micro-managed by elected officials.
As with all good things, the FIT Program must come to an end. And it will in the very near future. The last remnants, the small scale MicroFIT Program, will soon replaced by an enhanced net metering program.
Over the years, there has been considerable policy shift in the provinces. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have in recent times made big strides in renewable energy and energy efficiency, including the development of tidal power. Even Alberta, in the wake of a long depressed oil and gas sector and a new $50 a barrel reality, has gotten on board, investing considerable sums to deploy cleaner energy sources.
Canadian Green Tech was officially launched on February 1, 2022 and since that time I’ve written upwards of 400 original articles on everything from carbon capture and storage and reuse to energy storage, from new hydrogen fuel cell innovations to smart grid technologies, and from energy efficiency products to new wastewater approaches. In that collection of insights are also many articles on House of Commons and Senate committee meetings, news conferences, report launches and industry events.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about these new innovations, these products and services that are going to make Canada and the world more sustainable. This is what I’ll miss most about closing Canadian Green Tech. These people were passionate about their companies, their innovations and their products and it came through in the many interviews I did.
I wouldn’t change any of it.
Riverside Roofing Inc Windsor - Flat & Commercial Roofing
1340 Matthew Brady Blvd, Windsor, ON N8S 4R6
BlueSky Communication Inc | PR Agency Toronto
90 Sherbourne St Loft 106, Toronto, ON M5A 2R1
Patrick Rocca, Real Estate Agent
103 Vanderhoof Ave, East York, ON M4G 2H5
Purple Bean Media
446 Grey St Unit #302 B, Brantford, ON N3S 7L6
Lightbound 3D Laser Scanning Services
25 Adelaide St E Suite #820, Toronto, ON M5C 3A1
Uptown Yonge Dental
2717 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2H8
Builders Choice Air Systems Ltd Heating and Furnace Repair
492 Hill St, London, ON N6B 1E7
Dezan Social Media Marketing and SEO
1470 Dundas St, London, ON N5W 3B9
Boutet Family Law
130 King St W #2300, Toronto, ON M5X 1K6
Glenn D. Godfrey & Co. LLP
3rd Floor, 35 Barrack Road, Belize City, Belize
Scarfone Hawkins Law Firm
1 James St S 14th Floor, Hamilton, ON L8P 4R5
TPI Personal Injury Lawyers
2800 Skymark Ave #503, Mississauga, ON L4W 5A6
Braids & Laces Ltd
Concession Rd 13, Cannington, ON L0E 1E0
HouseMaster Home Inspections Delray Beach and Boca Raton
1401 Gallinule Dr, Delray Beach, FL 33444, United States
HouseMaster Home Inspections Albany NY
16 Hillman Lp, Round Lake, NY 12151, United States
WESCOR Wastewater & Environmental Systems
65 Gerald Pkwy, Thorndale, ON N0M 2P0
Charn Hansra - Tax and Accounting Firm
2560 Matheson Blvd E Suite 518, Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y9
Atlantis Pools & Spas
23550 Highbury Ave N, London, ON N0M 1P0
Expressions Dental Centre
109 Fanshawe Park Rd E Unit F, London, ON N5X 3W1
Trinity Family Dental Clinic Whitby
185 Thickson Rd, Whitby, ON L1N 6T9
Commercial Painting & Renovations Ltd.
2339 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 8M6
790 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V6
David Himelfarb Lawyer Referral Service
181 University Ave Suite 800, Toronto, ON M5H 2X7
BNI Forest City Networking Group & Events London Ontario
201 King St, London, ON N6A 1C9
Cannect Home Financing Mortgage Broker
81 Navy Wharf Ct, Toronto, ON M5V 3S3