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Natural Resources Canada
January 11, 2010

Canada’s Economic Action Plan: Investing in Clean Energy Projects

TORONTO - Through the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, an investment in renewable energy projects was announced today, which will create jobs, improve the environment and stimulate the economy. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced support for 19 projects under the Clean Energy Fund. Funding of up to $146 million will support the demonstration of renewable and clean energy across the country, including integrated community energy solutions, smart grid technology, and renewable applications with solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy.

Minister Raitt was joined by Janet Holder, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. at the company’s North York facility.

“Investments in clean energy technologies are a key part of our approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment,” said Minister Raitt. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan is investing in 19 innovative projects that will help bring Canada to the forefront of clean energy technology, while creating high-quality jobs for Canadians.”

“The Government of Canada and Natural Resources Canada’s ongoing commitment to clean energy continues to advance tangible projects across the country,” said Ms. Holder. “Projects such as our global first hybrid fuel cell project would not have been possible without this kind of support.”

The Clean Energy Fund is investing nearly $1 billion in technology development and demonstration. Total investments under the Clean Energy Fund for large and small demonstration projects are benefiting Canada’s economy by leveraging nearly $3.5 billion in further investments by industry and other levels of government.

Part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is generating new economic activity in the short term, while strengthening the foundation for sustainable prosperity in the future. The Economic Action Plan includes new measures totalling almost $2.4 billion to support a cleaner and more sustainable environment and help meet Canada's climate change objectives.


Canada’s Economic Action Plan is investing in more clean energy projects. Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt today announced support for 19 projects under the Action Plan’s Clean Energy Fund. Funding of up to $146 million will support the demonstration of renewable energy and clean energy across the country.

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Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada


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Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
North York

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