Government of Canada announces support to the University of Northern British Columbia to establish the Environmental Solutions Innovation Hub

June 3, 2022 at 12:34 pm  Federal, Politics

The Hub will advance clean technologies for use in the natural resource sectors in Northern B.C.

June 2, 2022 – Prince George, British Columbia – Pacific Economic Development Canada

British Columbia’s natural resource sectors are among the world’s best when it comes to environmental performance. As they seek to grow that advantage, businesses have been working with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) to develop clean innovations.

However, due to limited capacity and equipment, UNBC has only been able to partially satisfy this demand. Some local firms have had to go outside the region to access the required services.

Environmental Solutions Innovation Hub to be established

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, or PacifiCan, announced Government of Canada funding of over $1.9 million to support the establishment of the Environmental Solutions Innovation Hub at UNBC.

This new hub will allow for the increased and expedited development and prototyping of new materials and technologies. This will help solve pressing environmental concerns in Northern B.C. in sectors such as water management, mining, forestry and bioenergy.

The hub will connect industries and communities needing sustainable and economically viable solutions with world-class research where solutions can be explored, developed and then commercialized.

This funding will allow the university to procure the advanced analytical instruments and personnel needed to meet the expanded scope of needed services. And the local natural resources industries will have greater support close to home, enhancing environmental performance of their operations.

Investing in clean technologies is a key priority for the Government of Canada. PacifiCan is committed to advancing the commercialization and adoption of clean technologies to increase the green advantage of the British Columbian economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts.

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