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Backgrounder

The Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) is a not-for-profit corporation that constructed and operates a facility in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy to oversee Canada's first deployment of commercial scale tidal turbines.

FORCE’s turbine project aims to validate the performance and resilience of tidal current turbines in the Minas Passage. The project has the potential to advance in-stream tidal energy in Canada, provide economic impacts in the Atlantic region and position Canada as a world leader in marine renewable energy.

The project has received a total of $25 million from the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. In addition to the $5 million announced today, an initial contribution agreement of $20 million for submarine cables and infrastructure was announced in November 2010 for the development of a cable-connected instrumentation platform to enable research and development activities.

The Clean Energy Fund, part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is helping research, development and demonstration projects to advance Canadian leadership in energy technologies. This initiative includes $146 million to support 20 renewable and clean energy projects.

Canada has excelled in transforming its vast endowment of natural resources into world-leading resource industries. Today, Canada’s natural resource sectors are a significant component of the national, provincial and territorial economies, contributing to high living standards for Canadians. In 2011, this sector directly accounted for 15 percent of the nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and 790,896 jobs.

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