SOLUTIONS 2030 Challenge FAQ

Please see below some Frequently Asked Questions about the Solutions 2030 Challenge.

  1. WHAT IS THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?
  2. WHAT MOLECULES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG)?
  3. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE?
  4. HOW DO I ENTER THE CHALLENGE?
  5. WHEN IS THE CHALLENGE OPEN UNTIL?
  6. WHERE DOES THE FUNDING COME FROM?
  7. DOES THE FUNDING REQUIRE MATCHING FUNDS?
  8. CAN I ENTER IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA?
  9. HOW DO I SET UP A BUSINESS IN ONTARIO?
  10. IF I AM A SELECTED APPLICANT, HOW DO I IMMIGRATE TO CANADA?
  11. STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
  12. IS THERE A MEDIA CONTACT FOR THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?

WHAT IS THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is a global initiative designed to accelerate the commercialization of game-changing technologies for reducing GHG emissions in Ontario by 2030. The challenge will support the development of next-generation ideas by providing funding for prototype development and technology demonstration and by connecting teams with potential future customers in Ontario.

Learn more about the Solutions 2030 Challenge

WHAT MOLECULES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF GREENHOUSE GASES (GHG)?

For the purpose of the challenge greenhouse gas refers to: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and nitrogen tri-fluoride.

All GHGs should be quantified and expressed as tonnes CO2 Equivalent (t/CO2eq).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is open to any technology that addresses the needs of industry and manufacturers in Ontario and results in quantifiable GHG reductions in their value chain in Ontario. This challenge is a global call for entries and is open to teams worldwide. Teams must, however, commit to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their GHG reduction solutions in Ontario and must address Ontario’s GHG reduction targets beyond year 2030.

To learn more about team and technology eligibility, download the challenge guidelines.

HOW DO I ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

To compete in Phase 1 of the Solutions 2030 Challenge, applicants must register and submit an online entry package before September 22, 2017.

More information about applications

WHEN IS THE CHALLENGE OPEN UNTIL?

Phase 1 of the Solutions 2030 Challenge is open until September 22, 2017.

Other key dates for the challenge include:

  Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Launch

April 13, 2017

Winter 2018

Spring 2019

Entry Deadline  

September 22, 2017

Fall 2018

Spring 2020

Technology Pitches to Judging Panel

November 2017

Winter 2019

Summer 2020

Winners Announced

January 2018

Spring 2019

Fall 2020

WHERE DOES THE FUNDING COME FROM?

Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge is part of the TargetGHG program developed by Ontario Centres of Excellence and funded by the Ontario government’s Ontario Green Investment Fund.

Learn more about OCE’s TargetGHG program and funding

DOES THE FUNDING REQUIRE MATCHING FUNDS?

Yes, applicants and their partner(s) must provide at least 50 per cent of the total project cost.

Matching cash contributions could come from:

  • Team members’ contributions or friends/family
  • Investment
  • Third-party partner organizations
  • Funding from other government programs*

* Total government contribution to the project, including OCE contribution, cannot exceed 75% of total project costs. Contributions from Ontario Government funding programs are not eligible as cash match.

Please refer to the challenge guidelines for more information.

CAN I ENTER IF I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA?

Yes, the challenge is a global call and is open to applicants worldwide. Applicants must, however, commit to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their GHG solutions in Ontario and must address Ontario’s GHG reduction targets beyond year 2030.

HOW DO I SET UP A BUSINESS IN ONTARIO?

For information on starting a business in Canada and applying for permitting, please visit the following:

IF I AM A SELECTED APPLICANT, HOW DO I IMMIGRATE TO CANADA?

For all enquiries about Canadian immigration please visit the Government of Canada’s Immigrate to Canada website

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

For more information on the Solutions 2030 Challenge please contact:

Sarah Fairlie
Program Specialist, Solutions 2030 Challenge
Office: 416 861 1092 x 1083
Cell: 647 270 1098
e-mail: sarah.fairlie@oce-ontario.org

IS THERE A MEDIA CONTACT FOR THE SOLUTIONS 2030 CHALLENGE?

For all media requests please contact:

Andrew Robertson
Manager, Media Relations
416 861 1092 x 1092
e-mail: andrew.robertson@oce-ontario.org

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