Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) helps Canadian companies 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.

We do this through funding, knowledge and ecosystem connectivity – making a difference in today’s hypercompetitive global market for clean technologies. By taking a cross-Canada approach, in partnership with the best peers and experts, we are the global benchmark for sustainable development innovation programming.

As an independent federal foundation and flagship program, our funding of Canadian entrepreneurs has created jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canada. Since inception, SDTC has invested over $1.38billion in 460 companies, creating 16,930 jobs. Our companies have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 22.4 megatonnes annually, that is equivalent to taking almost 7 million cars off the roads every year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to identify and fund Canadian companies developing and demonstrating new technologies with the potential to transform the environmental and economic prosperity of Canada. With our support and funding we want to support them in their efforts to become global leaders in their field.

Governance, Oversight and Accountability

Governance and oversight of SDTC’s activities are provided by an independent, 15-member Board of Directors. The Board comprises private and not-for-profit sector leaders from across Canada with a broad range of experience and expertise. Board oversight includes accountability for the management of SDTC financial matters, strategic direction and business affairs.

SDTC is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

SDTC in the Future

As the largest funder of cleantech SMEs in Canada, SDTC plays a crucial role in supporting entrepreneurs to seize the opportunities of the Net Zero economy. Recognizing SDTC’s pivotal role, the Government of Canada invested $750 million in SDTC as part of its plan: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy. 

This funding charts a path for Canada’s economic future, enabling cleantech companies to grow and scale to meet domestic and global demand for solutions in the Net Zero era.

SDTC EDI Values Statement

SDTC recognizes that equity, diversity and inclusion enables organizations to leverage the range of perspectives needed to address today’s complex challenges. As a result, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is an important consideration for optimal operation of our organization, as well as for SDTC funded companies.​

Equity – SDTC ensures that equal opportunities to be successful are provided for all.​

Diversity – SDTC values diversity because it generates more ideas and possibilities for improvements.​

Inclusion – SDTC encourages collaboration to optimize inclusion in all that we do, internally and externally.

What Sets Us Apart

We strive to help grow Canada’s clean technology ecosystem by supporting firms in quickly advancing their ideas to market and growing firms to scale sooner. We do this through our:

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Client-centric approach

Relentless focus on our companies. While we fund projects, we do this to support companies attempting to do extraordinary things. This means we spend a lot of time getting to know the people who are instrumental to making those companies successful – entrepreneurs, financiers, policymakers – and what we can do to champion their collective success.

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Rigorous and innovative reviews

SDTC is recognized for our rigorous due diligence process, which is backed by SDTC is recognized for our rigorous due diligence process, which is leveraged by government and private investors, our lean operating costs as well our leadership in the measurement of environmental outcomes. Our goal is to continuously seek out best practices to continue these standards of excellence.

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Recognized expertise and collaboration

We leverage external experts to inform decision-making. Public and private sector leaders from across Canada sit on the SDTC board providing strategic direction to strengthen the country’s growing cleantech sector. Federal and provincial government partners work with us to create one-window access for entrepreneurs.

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Our Companies

Our portfolio of star performers speaks for itself. They are regularly cited as best in class and are at the forefront of innovations in their sectors. They are also pan-Canadian – we want to make sure that we support talent wherever it grows.

How To Apply – Download Here

Follow the link above to download our comprehensive guide that introduces you to our application process.

Interested in Applying?

At SDTC, we fund Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) advancing innovative technologies that are pre-commercial and have the potential to demonstrate significant and quantifiable environmental and economic benefits. Our application process is simple and designed for busy entrepreneurs like you. To find out more, download our comprehensive How To Apply booklet.

SDTC Careers

Want to help us make a difference?

As an SDTC team member you’ll be part of a fast-paced and agile organization that supports a world-class portfolio of funded companies. You’ll have the opportunity to work with dynamic clean technology companies, a range of provincial and federal government entities, academics and thought leaders.

SDTC Offers

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a competitive total compensation package
attractive health, dental, life insurance benefits and a Group RRSP icon
attractive health, dental, life insurance benefits and a Group RRSP
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employee development and growth opportunities
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flexible work practices

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