The global demand for clean innovation – new technologies, products and practices that improve environmental performance – is rapidly growing. Accelerating the pace of clean innovation in Canada is not only an important tool for meeting climate and environmental goals, it also represents a critical economic opportunity across all sectors of Canada’s economy.
In this context, Canada's federal and provincial governments have committed to a series of new policies, programs and investments aimed at boosting low-carbon innovation. Canada’s Next Edge: Why Clean Innovation is Critical to Canada’s Economy and How We Get It Right explores how to turn these policy and finance commitments into action while continuing to flesh out other key parts of the clean innovation policy framework.
Smart Prosperity Institute’s findings for this report have been informed by over three years of work on clean innovation, including a conference, two workshops, in-depth studies, and over 40 interviews with a broad cross-section of Canadian and international experts in clean innovation. It forms the beginning of a broader research program that will explore in more depth the particular challenges and resulting policy implications facing different parts of Canada’s clean innovation system.
This research also informs and supports the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative report, Clean Innovation: Why it Matters & How to Accelerate it Across the Canadian Economy.