How it Works

Note: applications are now closed.

A. Program Overview

Through the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will support projects with industrial emitters that demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in collaboration with innovative companies providing solutions.  The projects will help Ontario meet its year 2020 targets for GHG emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario. Ontario’s year 2020 GHG emission target is 15 per cent below the 1990 level.

Supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the $80 million program aims to reduce GHG emissions while strengthening Ontario’s economy.  Providing access to leading-edge technologies helps to keep our industries globally competitive and building better, stronger cleantech companies serves to increase market share in a rapidly expanding sector.

Ontario’s industrial emitters are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs), in partnership with solutions providers.  OCE will support approximately eight projects that demonstrate (GHG) emission reductions. Eligible demonstration projects may fall into the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.
    • Examples:
      • replacement of combustion based thermal process with non-combustion primary energy conversion,
      • energy efficiency technologies applied to LFE processes/emissions,
      • technologies that increase yield and output per unit of energy input,
      • technologies that reduce the consumption of process chemicals or other inputs or enable closed loop unit operations.
  • Value Chain: Technologies in that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
    • Examples:
      • more efficient forms of transport for freight and materials,
      • displacement of high GHG-intensity feedstocks,
      • valorization of process by-products,
      • capture and utilization of waste-heat,
      • conversion of waste to energy, and others.
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of carbon dioxide. 
    • Examples: 
      • Technologies that enable cost effective capture and valorization of CO2 using energy efficient pathways such as sequestration in long lived products such as cement and other building materials or catalytic or biological shifting of CO2 to higher value products like liquid fuels, chemical building blocks for commodity materials.

Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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B. Program Objectives

The TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program supports demonstration projects with industrial emitters  and will help Ontario meet its year 2020 targets for GHG emission reductions. Year 2020 GHG emission target is 15% below the 1990 level.

The overall objectives of the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program are as follows:

  • Encourage industrial  emitters to collaborate with GHG solution providers to foster innovation and drive commercialization by implementing GHG reduction technologies
  • Establish Ontario as a leader in reducing GHG emissions by helping Ontario’s industry develop, demonstrate and adopt leading-edge technologies
  • Build a collaborative marketplace that brings together technology development (supply-side) with technology adoption (demand-side), where Ontario’s innovators and entrepreneurs can work together with industrial emitters and their customers and supply chains to develop, demonstrate and adopt new and innovative solutions to significantly reduce GHG emissions
  • Catalyze private sector investments in GHG reduction strategies, and drive adoption

Industrial Emitter Benefits:

  • Shorten the pay-back period of implementing  innovations that reduce GHG emissions by year 2020
  • Accelerate the time for the adoption of innovations that reduce GHG emissions by year 2020
  • Develop relationships between industrial   emitters and GHG solution providers
  • Address company GHG emission reduction needs and challenges, and develop new products, processes or services  

Increase productivity and revenue

  • Gain access to OCE networks and exposure to other OCE programs
  • Demonstrate corporate social responsibility by being early adopters, environmental stewards and champions

GHG Solution Provider Benefits:

  • Scale and demonstrate GHG emission reduction innovations with an Ontario-based industrial  emitter
  • Validate the GHG emission reduction innovation with a reference customer
  • Develop connections into Ontario’s cleantech ecosystem
  • Increase revenue and investment
  • Gain access to OCE networks and exposure to other OCE programs

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C. How Funding Works

  • Applications can be of any size; however, OCE funding will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible project cash costs to a maximum of $5,000,000
  • Project duration is up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020
  • Applications from a consortium of multiple emitters and solution provides MUST not exceed the above-mentioned limits
  • OCE funds flow to the Ontario-based industrial  emitter
  • Lower funding amounts may be considered on a case-by-case basis. This MUST be discussed with your OCE Business Development Manager as part of the application process
  • Approximately eight projects will be funded across the program lifetime

Flow of Funds:

Successful applicants MUST execute an OCE Funding Agreement within 60 days of notification of award. A copy of the agreement will be generated through OCE’s online system and sent to successful applicants upon project approval. Applicants must also complete an Officer’s Certificate and a template will be provided. 

Funding will flow directly to the company based on a claims and reimbursement model for eligible expenses. Claims can be made when submitting interim report(s), every six months, and the final report, required at the end of the project. More information on reporting in section E. Project Reporting and Claims Requirements.

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D. Eligibility

Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants MUST be an Ontario-based industrial  emitter
  • A Consortium of smaller emitters are eligible applicants if they demonstrate a sector-wide impact; a lead emitter in the consortium MUST be identified
  • Co-applicants are required and MUST be a technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions
  • Preference will be given to technologies sourced from Ontario-based companies. However, OCE will consider leading technologies sourced nationally and internationally
  • Applicant and co-applicant MUST sign an OCE funding agreement (subject to change)
  • Applicants and co-applicants MUST provide project and outcomes metrics
  • Applicants and co-applicants MUST be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE

Eligible Projects

  • Projects MUST pilot, implement and operationalize innovative proven technologies, demonstrating GHG emission reductions which address Ontario’s targets for year 2020.  Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been applied in an operational environment, or tested in a laboratory under simulated conditions.
  • Projects MUST commission and start-up the demonstration.
  • Demonstration projects  fall under the following categories:
    • Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.
      • Examples: replacement of combustion based thermal process with non-combustion primary energy conversion, energy efficiency technologies applied to LFE processes, technologies that increase yield and output per unit of energy input, technologies that reduce the consumption of process chemicals or other inputs or enable closed loop unit operations.
    • Value Chain: Technologies in that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
      • Examples: more efficient forms of transport for freight and materials, displacement of high GHG-intensity feedstocks, valorization of process by-products, capture and utilization of waste-heat, conversion pf waste to energy, and others.
    • Carbon Capture and Utilization: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of carbon dioxide. 
      • Examples:  that enable cost effective capture and valorization of CO2 using energy efficient pathways such as sequestration in long lived products such as cement and other building materials or catalytic or biological shifting of CO2 to higher value products like liquid fuels, chemical building blocks for commodity materials etc.
    • Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Project duration is up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020.
  • Projects will include single site/facility.  Additional sites/facilities will be considered on a case- by-case basis. However, applicants that describe broad future application of technologies across other facilities, sectors and locations will be considered to be of greater potential value and ranked accordingly.
  • Project participants will manage the Intellectual Property (IP) arising from a project, as OCE does not claim or manage IP rights. 

Eligible Expenses

  • OCE-funded activities MUST be performed within Ontario, unless prior written approval has been obtained from OCE.
  • OCE will acknowledge expenses after the approval date. In cases where an application is approved and not activated, expenses are incurred at the risk of the applicant.
  • Applicant MUST refer to the Eligible Expenses Guide for full details

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E. Evaluation Process

Applying is a two-step process: EOI and full application.    Applicants MUST work with an OCE Business Development Manager throughout the application process. The funding process for the program, which has limited funding, is competitive, discretionary, and non-entitlement. All eligible applications are assessed against program objectives and criteria. 

Step 1: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

All EOIs submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, will be internally reviewed for completeness and financial compliance on a rolling basis.  Subsequently, an EOI review committee comprised of representatives of OCE sector experts will review the EOIs against program objectives and criteria.  Selected EOIs will be invited to submit a full application on a rolling basis.

Preference will be given to EOIs that demonstrate the following:

  • Significant and reasonable reduction in GHG  emissions at the lowest cost in support of Ontario’s GHG emission reduction target for year 2020
  • Complementary environmental co-benefits that improve the quality of soil, air, water.
  • Implementation and generation of economic benefit for Ontario
  • Broad applicability and benefit to the cleantech industry, leading to novel, newly adapted, adopted processes, products, or services
  • Innovation in the context of current technical and commercial developments
  • Strong industry partnerships between industry  emitter and solution
  • Strong management capability to effectively implement the GHG reduction solution
  • Indicate that IP is either owned, or that sufficient rights to use IP have been retained, for both the purposes of completing the demonstration project and to commercially exploit the results in Ontario.

Step 2: Invitation to a Full Application and External Panel Presentation

Full applications are submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system. The full application requires a detailed implementation plan and a third party assessment of GHG emission reductions  and environmental co-benefits, information regarding the technology, value proposition, team and the use of funds.  

Third party assessment of GHG emission reductions includes the validation of project-level GHG emission quantification including baseline development. This third party assessment MUST be carried out by an accredited verification body; i.e. a verification body that is accredited to ISO 14065 by a member of the International Accreditation Forum. The industrial emitter is required to support this cost. 

An External Review Panel (ERP), comprised of sector experts, will review the full application.  External reviewers will complete Non-Disclosure Agreements prior to the review of the applications.  Applicants will present and respond to questions  at the ERP. ERP makes funding recommendations to OCE based on its assessment of the application and presentation. 

The final funding decision rests with OCE, through its Internal Review Panel (IRP), which is comprised of senior OCE staff.

Successful Applicants will be notified by OCE and provided an outline of conditions and additional information necessary to activate the project.

Applicants who are not selected for receipt of funding will receive email notification outlining the outcome. An opportunity for Applicants to discuss the decision with their OCE Business Development Manager will be offered.

 

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F. Reporting and Claims Requirements

OCE requires the following project reports:

Interim Progress and Claim Report(s)

  • Interim report(s), including a statement of progress, 3rd party GHG quantification and a financial attestation, will be required at the approximately every  six months. The company will receive notification and a link from OCE’s AccessOCE system to submit the report. OCE MUST receive and approve reports prior to release of funds for eligible claims.

Note: Applicants MUST retain all proof of purchases, receipts, and other relevant documentation related to eligible expenses. OCE reserves the right to audit any project expenses.

Final Reports:

  • Forty-five days prior to the scheduled completion date, the Applicant will receive a notification of the project end date from AccessOCE, OCE’s online system, with a link to the Final Project Report should the Applicant wish to begin entering data. If an extension is required, it MUST be requested via OCE’s online AccessOCE system. After completion of the project, the Applicants and Partners will be required to complete Final project reports (including progress, GHG emission reduction quantification, financials and metrics). Applicant and Partner reports MUST be received and approved by OCE within 30 days of project completion.
  • When the Applicant and Partner Final reports have been approved, the Ontario Applicant will be required to complete an attestation of the use of funds to close the project.
  • All required Final reports from all partners MUST be submitted within 30 days of project completion in order to release the holdback, and maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Project Metrics:

  • If the project continues past a fiscal year end (March 31), the Ontario Applicant and Industry Partner will be required to complete annual OCE metrics surveys each April, for the part of the project that has been completed since the previous March 31. This annual report is mandatory for OCE to fulfil its contracts with its government funder. Required metrics reports from all partners MUST be submitted in order to maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Retrospective Survey:

  • Two years after project completion, the applicants will be sent a link to complete a retrospective survey to collect data on commercial outcomes from the project. OCE requires the information for the assessment of program impact and continuous improvement.

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G. How to Apply

Step 1: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Applicants MUST engage with an OCE Business Development Manager to initiate and prepare an EOI. 

EOIs MUST be submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, where the EOI questions MUST be attached, and full submission requirements (including project contacts, summary for public release, classification, budget, milestones, and team members) are listed. The EOI questions are here for your reference only.

Click here for EOI Instructions.

EOIs are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until on  Tuesday, January, 31 2017, 2 p.m.  Please initiate the online EOI at least one week prior to this deadline (by  Tuesday January 24, 2017).

Step 2: Invitation to a Full Application

Applicants whose EOI are selected by the EOI Review committee will be invited to submit a full application to OCE.

Prior to submission, OCE will support the applicant by reviewing a draft application which includes a completed application, budget information, and environmental benefits table. The draft MUST be submitted to OCE eight weeks after invitation to a full application. The final applications MUST be submitted to OCE through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, four weeks after draft review.

Prior to submission, applicants MUST first request their OCE Business Development Manager (BD) to provide an endorsement of the application for eligibility and suitability. Once the endorsement is provided, the applicant or BD will then be able to submit the application.

Please allow at least one week prior to the application submission deadline for the BD endorsement step to be completed. Applications initiated less than one week prior to the deadline MAY NOT have sufficient time for a BD to support the application and provide an endorsement.

Full applications submitted through the AccessOCE are internally reviewed for completeness, eligibility, and use of funds.  An External Review Panel comprised of sector experts will review the full application against program objectives and criteria. The final funding decision rests with OCE.

Upon approval, the applicant and co-applicants MUST execute an OCE funding agreement, including a completed Schedule D, Intellectual Property Term Sheet, within 60 days of approval of the award.  A copy of the Funding Agreement can be downloaded (subject to change) for your reference. Please do not fill out this form; a copy of the agreement will be generated through our online management system and sent to you upon approval of your project.  Applicants must also complete an Officer’s Certificate and a template will be provided.

Timelines

Date

Application steps

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Partnering Forum, Call for EOIs

 

Tuesday January 31 , 2017 (2pm)

EOI deadline for submission through OCE’s AccessOCE online system

Click here for EOI submission instructions.

Please ensure that you have initiated your online application through an OCE Business Development Manager, at least one week prior to the intake date (Tuesday, January 24, 2017)

March 2-10, 2017

External committee reviews the EOIs and OCE informs applicants about their submission status 

Monday, May 1, 2017

First draft of application is due for invited candidates

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Final application submission to OCE

Early July

External panel review

60 days after OCE’s approval

Funding agreements executed and approved projects start

 

To apply, please contact your OCE Business Development Manager who will assist in initiating an Expression of Interest through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system.

Note on TargetGHG Program: Through the whole-of-government approach of the broader TargetGHG program, OCE’s partners, SDTC, NSERC, and the ERA, may, subject to their confidentiality obligations to applicants, share with OCE their endorsement of projects that have a high-potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On a case-by-case basis, OCE may consider projects from endorsing-partners for potential support.

Through partner endorsement, the review procedures of projects may be streamlined, such as for example:

  • The by-passing of the OCE Expression of Interest stage
  • The sharing of prior due diligence at the Expression of Interest and Full Proposal stages
  • The streamlining of due diligence at the Full Proposal stage using defined program criteria

The sharing of information with OCE would be undertaken in strict compliance with the endorsing partners’ obligations in terms of use and disclosure of information. Applicants will be notified prior to sharing any protected information and will be asked to provide their explicit agreement for the information to be shared with OCE.

OCE may consider other endorsement partners in the future.

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H. FAQ

Please review OCE's Program FAQ.

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I. Downloads

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J. Glossary

2020 GHG target: Ontario year 2020 greenhouse gas target is 15 per cent below 1990 levels.

Applicant: An  Ontario-based industrial   emitter that applies to the OCE for the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration and if approved will receive the funds.

Co-applicant:   A technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions. Preference will be given to technologies sourced from Ontario-based companies. However, OCE will consider leading technologies sourced nationally and internationally 

GHG quantification standards: Includes internationally recognized  IPCC and ISO 14064 series standards for greenhouse gas emissions.

GHG: Greenhouse gases as measured by CO2equivalent (CO2e).

Proven Technologies: Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been applied in an operational environment, or tested in a laboratory under simulated conditions.

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By submitting an EOI Expression of Interest ( “EOI”) you confirm that you have read, understand and accept the information contained in this Call for Expressions of Interest (“Call”) and, that each of you, the applicant (the “Applicant”) and any project partners, agree as follows:

  1. Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”) and its partners (collectively the “Funders”) are relying on the information provided in this EOI guideline and in the EOI for all purposes relating hereto. The Applicant acknowledges that it has reviewed, and that it is in compliance with, all applicable terms and conditions as stated within the EOI guidelines.
  2. The Funders may at any time withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate, amend or alter all or any portion of this Call, including but not limited to the EOI requirements, the EOI selection and review process and the EOI eligibility criteria.
  3. The Funders reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject any or all EOIs for any reason. The Funders are not required to accept the highest ranked EOI nor are they required to accept any EOI recommended for advancement to the Funding Proposal (“FP”) stage by the applicable evaluators.
  4. The final decision with respect to the projects to be included in the EOI shortlist rests solely with the Funders. The evaluation of EOIs may be based on, but is not in any way limited to, the criteria set out in this Call. The Funders may consider any criteria determined to be relevant to the mandates of The Funders, regardless of whether such additional criteria have been disclosed to the Applicant.
  5. EOIs that do not comply with the requirements described in this Call may be rejected in whole or in part or not considered by the Funders. The Funders reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject a non-compliant EOI.
  6. This Call is an invitation only. It is not a funding offer and the submission of an EOI does not create a contract or agreement of any kind between the Funders and the Applicant.
  7. No conduct, act or omission of the Funders, or their directors, officers, consultants, project advisors, agents, servants and their respective successors and assigns (collectively the “Funding Parties”) other than a written notice to the Applicant signed by an authorized person for the Funders, will constitute an acceptance of an EOI.
  8. Acceptance of an EOI does not create a binding contract between the Funders and the Applicant. The Funders shall not be obligated in any manner whatsoever to any Applicant until a written contribution agreement (“Contribution Agreement”) between the Funders and the Applicant has been duly executed relating to an approved FP.
  9. If the Project is accepted for funding, the Project partners will complete an environmental self-assessment to determine if any environmental assessments are required under federal, provincial, territorial or municipal legislation and if it is determined that such an environmental assessment is required, the Applicant shall be responsible for ensuring that such environmental assessments are completed.
  10. As between the parties, the EOI and all information, documents and materials submitted to the Funders in connection with this Call (collectively, “Applicant Information”) are the exclusive property of the Funders immediately upon delivery to the Funders. For clarity, this refers to the materials themselves, not to any technology or innovations disclosed or discussed in them. Intellectual property developed during the course of the Project will be addressed through the Contribution Agreement and will normally be owned by the Applicant. For further clarity:
    1. each Funder may share Applicant Information with the other Funder, with the Funding Parties, and with other agencies or third parties who are part of the assessment of the EOI; and
    2. the individuals or organizations referred to in the EOI may be contacted directly by the Funders as part of the assessment of the EOI.
  11. You, the Applicant and any Project partners will keep this EOI and FP confidential and will not use, reproduce or distribute it, any portion of it, or any data, information, drawings, or specifications included in or provided with it except as necessary to prepare an EOI and FP as requested by the Funders.
  12. Neither the Funders nor any of the Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever to you, the Applicant or any Project partners, or any of them, in connection with this Call or any EOI prepared in response to it.
  13. You, the Applicant and any Project partners will not make a claim against the Funders or the Funding Parties for any reason whatsoever or howsoever relating to this Call. You are undertaking the expenditures required to prepare and submit an EOI entirely at your own risk, and you waive any right and release the Funders and the Funding Parties from any demands, liability, claim or recovery for costs, expenses, or damages incurred whatsoever or howsoever arising out of or relating to this Call or any EOI prepared in response to it, whether such right or claim arises in contract, negligence or otherwise.
  14. If you, the Applicant generate revenue from the project or project assets during the project, such revenue must flow back into the Project to offset project costs; under no circumstances can the Applicant or other consortium members or related parties profit from the Project or the Project assets during the project period of funding.
  15. The Funders take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information supplied during this Call by the Funders or the Funding Parties.
  16. The Applicant hereby represents and warrants that:
    1. there are no actions, suits, investigations or other proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the undersigned, threatened against the Applicant, the Project or the Project assets, including any intellectual property forming part of the Project and to the best of the undersigned’s knowledge there is no order, judgment or decree of any court or governmental agency which could materially and adversely affect the activities contemplated by the Contribution Agreement to be entered into between the Funders and the Applicant and the performance by the Applicant of its duties and obligations under such Contribution Agreement;
    2. all factual matters contained in the EOI and Applicant Information are true and accurate, and that all estimates, forecasts and other related matters involving judgment were prepared in good faith and to the best of the Applicant’s ability, skill and judgment;
    3. the EOI and Applicant Information does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact nor omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements contained herein or therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading:
    4. to the best of the Applicant’s knowledge the Applicant:
      1. has in respect to the Project assessed trade and competition impacts, including compliance with international agreements; and
      2. the Project complies with all applicable federal, provincial/territorial and municipal legislation; and
    5. neither the Applicant nor to the knowledge of the Applicant, any Project partner, has paid or agreed to pay either directly or indirectly, any contingency fees for the solicitation, negotiation, or obtaining of OCE funding, to any person including a broker, consultant or advisor. "Contingency fee" means any payment or other compensation that is contingent upon or is calculated upon the basis of a degree of success in soliciting or obtaining OCE funding. It is OCE policy that any applications or proposals that involve the payment of a contingency fee will be rejected.

Neither the Funders nor any of the Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever or howsoever to any one or more of you, the Applicant and any Project partners, or any of them, in connection with this Call or any EOI prepared in response to it.

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L. Contacts

For more information on the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program, please contact:

For business development assistance in preparation of EOIs:

Please contact your OCE Business Development Manager.

For general inquiries about the program: eligibility, funding, timelines, application process:

Ivette Vera-Perez
TargetGHG Manager
(416) 861 1092 x1033
ivette.vera-perez@oce-ontario.org

For general inquiries about the online application system and application form, please contact the Application Support Team at (416) 861-1092 x2400 or application-support@oce.zendesk.com.