The province’s economic landscape is changing, moving from traditional strengths in environmental and energy technologies into a field of convergence in clean technology – or cleantech. Before 2009, strong environmental and energy sectors were built using technologies from both within and outside the province, with greater involvement from international companies. Significant strength also exists in the water sector, with world-class leadership in water-treatment technologies. The growing numbers of organizations, emerging companies and research institutes involved in research and development (R&D) in the environmental, energy, water and wastewater management sectors in the province have gradually established Ontario as a cleantech hub.
Looking ahead, Ontario will develop and commercialize more of its own green technologies. The Green Energy Act, the FIT Program and other legislation and initiatives will support the province’s cleantech economy. Cleantech innovations are being developed and supported by university R&D and by regional and sector innovation hubs that provide the necessary commercialization support. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have progressively increasing access to funding options at the local, provincial and federal levels. Ontario’s cultural diversity continues to provide well-diversified human resources and a sales gateway to international markets. As an established – and still growing – cleantech hub, Ontario is fostering cutting-edge research into environmental and energy-related technologies that will likely be adopted at the provincial level and ultimately gain international recognition.
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Recent Sector Investments
Locally, Brantford has began to experience a clustering of cleantech industries over the past few years as a result of its ideal location, proximity to market and competitive operating costs. Specifically, the following companies have invested in Brantford over the past three years:
- Energentium Inc.: Produce fuel ethanol from sugar and alcohol based liquid products in an environmentally responsible manner. Located in 40,100 sq.ft. at 49 Easton Road, Energentium employs 20 people.
- GreenMantra Technologies: Manufacturer of industrial waxes that are an environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum based products. The high quality synthetic waxes are produced through the breakdown of recycled plastics using a proprietary patented process. Located at 81 Elgin Street in a 55,000 sq.ft. facility employing 30.
- Northwest Rubber: Manufacturer and distributor of high quality specialty flooring products for agriculture, recreation, industrial and safety uses. Located at 321 Henry Street in 33,500 sq.ft. of space employing 33 people.
- Crumb Rubber Manufacturers(CRM): Recycle and process used tires into crumb rubber, fibre and scrap steel products for use in rubberized asphalt, artificial turf and rubber molded product applications. Located at 150 Garden Avenue in 125,000 sq.ft. employing 25 people.
- Green Step Recycling: Processor and recycler of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste located at 26 Empey Street in 10,000 sq.ft. of space employing 10.
- Liberty Tire Recycling Canada Ltd.: Premiere provider of tire recycling services in North America. Located at 300 Henry Street in 210,000 sq.ft. of industrial space Liberty employs 89 people.