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Natural Resources Canada
2011/107
October 27, 2011

Minister Oliver Outlines Importance of Canada’s Clean Tech Industry


OTTAWA — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, speaking at the second Canadian Clean Energy Summit in Ottawa,today  outlined the strategic role of the Government of Canada in advancing clean technology in Canada. The Government of Canada continues to support research and development and clean technology demonstration across Canada.

“Through our support for cutting-edge clean energy technologies we are creating high-quality jobs and protecting our environment,” said Minister Oliver. “Our leadership in driving technology innovation continues to help create a vibrant clean energy industry in Canada.” 

Minister Oliver highlighted the importance of partnering with industry and academia to maintain Canada’s leadership in clean energy.  He described how the Government of Canada’s clean energy programs have supported a wide range of collaboration among industry, colleges and universities and governments.

“We’ll continue to support new technologies that demonstrate the greatest potential for progress — this is the essence of Canada’s clean tech approach,” said Minister Oliver. “We are investing in research, development and demonstration projects to enhance Canada’s competiveness, productivity and capacity for innovation.”

Minister Oliver also noted the importance of advancing Canadian interests in trade and investment in the natural resource sectors, including clean energy technologies.

“We must continue to focus on creating strategic partnerships and exporting Canada’s clean tech expertise while expanding the reach of Canadian businesses,” said Minister Oliver. “The global opportunities are waiting — particularly in the emerging markets — and they in turn will provide green jobs for Canada.”

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested more than $10 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment. This includes investments in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and fuels.


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Speaking to the Canadian Clean Tech Summit in Ottawa today, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver outlined the strategic role of the Government of Canada in advancing clean technology in Canada.  He also highlighted the importance of continued innovation in our clean tech expertise to help create new markets and jobs for Canadian businesses.

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