Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) – SD Tech Fund™

General Information

Name of transfer payment program

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) – SD Tech Fund™ 

(Voted)

Start date

March 26, 2001

End date

March 31, 2022

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2014-15

Strategic Outcome

2 – Natural Resource Sectors and Consumers are Environmentally Responsible

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

2.2 – Technology Innovation and 2.2.3 – Clean Energy Science and Technology

Description

The SD Tech FundTM provides financial support to projects for the development and demonstration of innovative Canadian technological solutions that address climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil.

As of March 31, 2016 the Fund had been allocated $915 million in Government of Canada funding: $550 million has been provided through up-front multi-year grants and an additional $365 million has been made available in the form of contributions, of which $12 million has been provided to SDTC.

Government funding to SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™ has been provided in equal amounts by NRCan and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)*.  

Results achieved

As in previous years, two call for proposals and two funding rounds were completed by SDTC in 2015-16 resulting in future allocations totalling $125 million to new or existing projects. SDTC raised awareness of its available funds by hosting workshops and participating in sectoral and regional outreach activities. The Foundation also launched two new initiatives: a joint Cleantech initiative with the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC); and a joint call for expressions of interest for water technology projects with Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES). 

Comments on variances

There was no variance between the actual spending and the planned spending.

Audits completed or planned

A financial due diligence was conducted in 2015-16 which ensured that a transfer of funds to SDTC would respect the 'on-demand' model required by the Government of Canada.

Evaluations completed or planned

No evaluations were conducted in 2015-16.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

SDTC held two stage gated funding calls in 2015-16.

Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2013–14 Actual
spending

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Planned
spending

2015–16 Total
authorities available for use

2015–16 Actual
spending (authorities used)

Variance (2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)

Total grants

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

0

0

6,000,000

6,000,000

6,000,000

0

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

0

0

6,000,000

6,000,000

6,000,000

0

* On November 4, 2015, an Order-in-Council designated the Minister of Industry (now the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development) as the Minister for the purposes of the Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology Act. As of June 22, 2016 resources allocated to this organization have been transferred to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

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