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Investment Strengthens Western Canada’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sector

February 7, 2018

Companies in Western Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell (HFC) industry will benefit from additional support to raise their global profile, generate industry growth and create jobs across Western Canada.
The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced over $670,000 in funding to support the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) at Ionomr, an organization member located at VentureLabs in Vancouver.
Red River College’s Research Partnerships & Innovation office has been an active player in hydrogen and fuel cell transportation, having recently hosted the first meeting to plan a pan-Canadian hydrogen fuel cell bus demonstration and integration trial.
The CHFCA’s mission is to support Canadian corporations, governments and educational institutions that are developing, demonstrating and deploying hydrogen and fuel cell products and services. With this funding, the CHFCA will be able to bolster the HFC sector’s activity in key global markets and accelerate trade and investment.
The funding will also help the CHFCA to develop and implement marketing strategies and webinars to target potential overseas investors in Canadian clean technology businesses. By showcasing Canada’s leadership in the HFC sector, the CHFCA member organizations hope to attract significant global investment, provide exposure to local companies and fuel job creation in Canada.
Currently, the Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector contributes 2,000 knowledge-based, high-tech jobs to Canada’seconomy. This funding will assist the CHFCA to further the Government of Canada’s priorities to support clean technology and innovation.
“The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association plays a key role in developing clean technology that reduces harmful emissions, promotes renewable energy and creates highly skilled jobs for Canadians. As hydrogen and fuel cell products move towards commercialization, our federal government is proud to support the CHFCA as they continue to establish Canada’s status as a global leader in the clean technology sector.”
– The Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre
“As governments and business leaders recognize the important role sustainable fuels will play in a clean energy future and aim to adopt zero-emission solutions to power cars, buses, trucks, trains, ships and buildings, Canada is well-positioned to capitalize on its industry leadership in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. We are grateful to Western Economic Diversification Canada for their support as we accelerate our efforts to expand export of, and investment interest in, our sector’s capabilities and products.”
– Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt, President & CEO, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

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