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View Majid Jowhari Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you.
You also talked about the government's launching the clean growth hub. In your preamble you talked about the innovation portal that we're using.
In many interventions in my riding, I often talk about the Innovation.Canada.ca portal and the great tool that it is. I say that this is a way for us to teach everyone, especially small businesses, how to fish, so that they can go in and look at the programs and funding available.
Can you give me an idea of what the clean growth hub looks like in comparison to the Innovation.Canada.ca portal?
Simon Kennedy
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Simon Kennedy
2020-02-27 11:21
The best way to describe it would be to say that the Innovation portal is primarily accessed digitally. As the honourable member noted, you go online, you indicate what kind of business you're in, which province or territory you're in, and so on. As you go through it, when you get to the end you have a kind of tailored list of the sorts of supports that might be available to you, given the sector you're in and the area of the country you're in.
The clean growth hub has a physical location. It's here in Ottawa, in the building that houses the majority of ISED's employees in the national capital region. Businesses can come through the front door physically and actually sit down with an adviser and learn about the kinds of programming and supports that are available across the country.
Obviously, we can offer those supports as well online and through telephone consultation, but we have brought staff together in a physical location to provide a kind of one-stop shop. In the same way that you might go into a bank and find a variety of services available, there is actually a location for this.
It's designed, obviously, as the name suggests, to focus very much on clean tech. We work very closely in particular, by way of example, with Natural Resources Canada, which obviously has a very strong interest in clean technology, and we have linkages into other players, such as Sustainable Development Technology Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The clean growth hub, then, is very much focused on clean tech, it's a kind of partnership among federal ministries, and we have a physical location where we meet with a lot of companies. The Innovation portal, I would say, is bigger in scale, because it's reaching a much larger number of companies, and it's primarily a digital experience.
View Majid Jowhari Profile
Lib. (ON)
Is there any plan for taking the clean growth hub also into a platform, because for many smaller businesses that are focusing on clean tech, it would be very challenging to come to Ottawa, because of their small size?
Simon Kennedy
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Simon Kennedy
2020-02-27 11:23
Generally speaking, clean technology is a priority across our programming. The online service is part of the broader service offering. We have innovation advisers all across the country and we have the ability in various regions across the country to direct businesses to talk to our advisers who are locally located. When people come through the door or reach us online saying, “I have this kind of company and I'm really interested in what you can do for us.” If it's a clean technology business, then we can direct them to the hub, but they don't need to be physically in—
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