Don't let COVID-19 take down our clean tech sector


Moment by moment, the COVID-19 crisis is isolating people, threatening to overwhelm our health-care system, and shutting down the economy. In the midst of this, the federal government is planning perhaps the most important economic recovery in Canadian history.

This stimulus is an opportunity to do something transformative and pivot — right now — to a green economy powered by clean energy and enabled by clean technology. This must happen within a comprehensive framework, such as a Green New Deal that prioritizes a just transition for workers and their communities.

Cleantech has a key role to play in tackling the climate crisis, and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate found doing so could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits by 2030.

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