Federal Funding of NISP Announced at the 2018 Globe Forum

At last month’s Globe Forum in Vancouver, the Government of Canada officially announced its funding of the Canadian pilot of a National Industrial Symbiosis Program (NISP Canada).  Vancouver’s Light House Sustainable Building Centre is directing this initiative.

Through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), the Government of Canada has provided over $600,000 to NISP Canada to help finance the 18-month pilot.  This funding was announced as part of a broader formal award to a number of clean technology firms at Globe.

Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced the funding on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for WD, at the Globe Forum 2018 during his address at Foresight’s ARCTIC Innovation Challenge Showcase.

This investment, like all those made through the Western Diversification Program, is designed to enhance and strengthen the economy in Western Canada while improving the lives of Canadians.

The WD funding caps the financial support that NISP Canada had already obtained from the BC Innovation Council; the BC Ministry of Agriculture; the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; Metro Vancouver; and the Cities of Edmonton, New Westminster, and Surrey.


“Taking action on climate change and promoting clean growth is a top priority for Canada. In 2017, Canada jumped from seventh to fourth among global clean technology innovators, which speaks to the extraordinary leadership of Canadian companies in this sector. The Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, Light House Sustainable Building Centre and Geoscience BC are breaking new ground and demonstrating the kind of leadership that will ensure Canada’s place among the world’s technological leaders for years to come.” – Jonathan Wilkinson

Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“The Canadian pilot of a National Industrial Symbiosis Program aims to connect businesses to each other using a proven, structured format to enable the re-purposing of wastes as resources, and to realize a variety of triple bottom line benefits. The first four NISP workshops held as part of the pilot – two each in Metro Vancouver and Edmonton – have had 100 participants attend, representing a variety of businesses. Combined, these workshops have examined over 400 distinct resources, and have yielded over 900 potential business-to-business linkages that have the potential to reduce emissions, implement innovation, increase resource efficiency, and retain or create employment.”

– Timo Makinen, Lead Practitioner & Acting Director

Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program Pilot, Light House Sustainable Building Centre