Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Grant Description

SDTC funds Canadian companies to develop and deploy competitive, clean technology solutions, to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges: climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil.  


Eligibility Requirements:   

  • You’re a Canadian company that will demonstrate Canadian benefits for Canada – the demonstrations can happen around the world, but the majority of the project spend will happen in Canada.  
  • Your project will deliver significant and quantifiable environmental benefits. Your technology is novel and you have an Intellectual Property strategy that will enable future growth. As well, this technology has never been demonstrated or commercialized in any other country.  
  • You know what you need to do to be able to validate and sell your technology, and to take that next step to demonstrate this project. We call this a ‘defined project’. 
  •  You have a business plan and market roll-out that help put you on the path to profitability and commercialization. You have a potential customer or end use partner who can validate that your technology solves their problem, and is willing to help you prove that solution in the market. 


Funding Level(s):  

The average contribution is $3 million, with funds disbursed in five years or lessSDTC will fund on average 33% (up to 40%) of eligible projects costs. A minimum of 25% of the eligible costs must be funded through private sector contributions (including in-kind). At least 50% of eligible project costs must be incurred in Canada  Eligible project costs include: 


  • Salaries and benefits, including administrative labour related to the Eligible Project 
  • Professional, scientific, technical and contractual services costs (e.g. trades, contracts for project and financial audits, third party verification) 
  • Field testing services 
  • Feasibility studies related to the Eligible Project 
  • Licence fees and permits 
  • Supplies and equipment, including the costs to purchase, rent, fabricate and install supplies and equipment 
  • Purchase, installation, repair, upgrade, testing and commissioning of equipment, materials and products, including diagnostic and testing tools and instruments 
  • Furniture (pro-rated amount as applicable) 
  • Laboratory and field supplies and materials 
  • Reasonable travel and conference expenses related to the Eligible Project 
  • Printing and production services 
  • Shipping costs, including customs costs 
  • Utilities, waste removal, consumables (i.e. items used up completely during the project such as motor oil, lubricants, transmission fluids)Data collection services, including processing, analysis and management 
  • Communication and distribution costs 
  • Translation costs 
  • Capital items specifically required for the delivery of the Eligible Project, including the lease of land or license to use land, data collection equipment, prototypes, pilot plants or demonstration facilities, provided that they have no residual value beyond the period of funding, as determined by GAAP 
  • The depreciation expense of capital items during the period of funding (i.e. cost of utilization) that have residual value as determined by GAAP 


Maximum total investment by all government(s) (Stacking):  Funding from all levels of government must not surpass 75% of eligible costs 


Purpose: To identify and fund Canadian companies developing and demonstrating new technologies with the potential to transform the environmental and economic prosperity of Canada 


Deadline: Open and ongoing. 



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