The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, launched the $10-million Impact Canada Oil Spill Response Challenge, which encourages innovators to develop rapidly deployable solutions to detect oil spills and to increase oil spill recovery rates in a Canadian context.

The Challenge will assess technologies through two streams: detection, to improve data availability and accuracy to inform oil spill response measures; and recovery, to clean up oil spills in aquatic environments to the fullest extent possible and expedite environmental recovery.

The Challenge will also provide the opportunity for innovators to compete for government funding to develop and test their oil spill response solutions. Following the review and evaluation of applications, a review committee will select 10 semi-finalists who will each receive up to $300,000 to develop prototypes. Of these, five finalists will receive up to an additional $1 million for early-stage demonstrations of their technologies. The solution having the greatest net benefit to the Canadian oil spill regime will be awarded a $2-million grand prize.

Innovators are invited to apply for the Oil Spill Response Challenge by the June 1, 2022, deadline.

The Oil Spill Response Challenge is the seventh challenge launched by Natural Resources Canada under the Impact Canada initiative. The previous six cleantech challenges were designed to help address some of the Canada’s most pressing environmental problems. They are Women in CleantechThe Sky’s the LimitPower ForwardCrush It!Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative and Charging the Future.

“Advancing innovative solutions for the detection and recovery of marine oil spills is paramount for the protection of the environment and the prosperity, health and safety of Canadians. Through this Challenge, we are providing the opportunity for innovators to create the tools we need to help keep our ecosystems safe and respond to accidents while creating jobs and supporting the clean technology sector.” The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson Minister of Natural Resources

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