Newfoundland and Labrador/EZ Policies
EZ Policies for Newfoundland and Labrador
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|Policy||Place||Policy Type||Active||Implementing Sector||Summary|
|Business and Market Development Program (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Grant Program||No||State/Province||This policy is no longer active. In 2013 the Business and Market Development Program will be absorbed into the new Business Development Fund.
The Business and Market Development Program provides new entrepreneurs and expanding small businesses with funding to help them acquire the necessary expertise to pursue new business ideas and new markets for their products or services. The program supports new growth opportunities in the economy, such as value-added manufacturing activities and export-oriented opportunities.
The program will provide assistance of up to $25,000 in the form of a non-repayable contribution. These funds must be matched on an equal basis by the applicant.
Small businesses (those with less than 50 employees and less than $5 million in annual sales) located and operating in Newfoundland and Labrador, including corporations, cooperatives and other similar structures, are eligible to apply. The applicant must demonstrate that it has the appropriate financial structure and management ability to carry out the project.
Applications will be considered for the following projects: • Developing new markets or researching new product development opportunities. • Technical feasibility research relating to potential new business opportunities.• Acquiring external expertise on production processes, marketing, financial management or other internal company needs for growth and expansion.
|Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act (Canada)||Canada||Environmental Regulations
Generating Facility Rate-Making
Safety and Operational Guidelines
Siting and Permitting
|Yes||Federal||The purpose of this Act is to promote safety, the protection of the environment, the conservation of oil and gas resources, joint production arrangements, and economically efficient infrastructures.
The act sets up a regulatory structure for licensing, permitting, equipment certification, safety and operational regulations and standards, land owner rights and the rights of access for exploratory and extraction operations, as well as prohibited areas.The act also addresses the fee structures, the development plan approval process, employee benefits and training standards, financial obligations, pipeline and transmission tariffs, purchasing agreements and sales, and legal recourse.
|Canada Small Business Financing Program (Canada)||Canada||Loan Program||Yes||Federal||Since 1961, the Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP) seeks to increase the availability of loans for establishing, expanding, modernizing and improving small businesses. It does this by encouraging financial institutions to make their financing available to small businesses. By sharing the risk with a financial institution, the program may help businesses secure up to $500,000.
Small businesses or start-ups operating for profit in Canada, with gross annual revenues of $5 million or less.
Not eligible under this program are farming businesses (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has a similar program for the farming industry — for information, visit www.agr.gc.ca), not-for-profit organizations, or charitable and religious organizations.
Up to a maximum of $500,000 for any one borrower is available, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment.
Financial institutions deliver the program. The decision to grant a loan rests entirely with the financial institution.
Loans can be used for financing up to 90% of the cost of:
- purchasing or improving land, real property or immovables - purchasing new or existing leasehold improvements - purchasing or improving new or used equipment
The interest rate is determined by individual financial institutions. The interest rate may be variable or fixed:
Variable rate: The maximum chargeable is the lender's prime lending rate plus 3%.
Fixed rate: The maximum chargeable is the lender's single family residential mortgage rate plus 3%.
A registration fee of 2% of the total amount loaned under the program must also be paid by the borrower to the lender. It can be financed as part of the loan.
The registration fee and a portion of the interest are submitted to Industry Canada by the lender to help offset the costs of the program for the government.Lenders are required to take security in the assets financed. Lenders also have the option to take an additional unsecured personal guarantee, which cannot exceed 25% of the total amount loaned.
|Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (Canada)||Canada||Environmental Regulations||Yes||Federal||The Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999 (CEPA 1999) provides the legislative framework for Environment Canada, and outlines the provisions for the prevention and management of risks posed by toxic and other harmful substances.
The CEPA 1999 implements pollution prevention, procedures for the investigation and assessment of substances, and requirements with respect to substances that the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have determined to be toxic or capable of becoming toxic, and provisions regarding animate products of biotechnology. The enactment also contains provisions respecting fuels, international air and water pollution, motor emissions, nutrients whose release into water can cause excessive growth of aquatic vegetation and environmental emergencies, provisions to regulate the environmental effects of government operations and to protect the environment on and in relation to federal land and aboriginal land, disposal of wastes and other matter at sea, and the export and import of wastes.The enactment provides for the gathering of information for research and the creation of inventories of data, which are designed for publication, and for the development and publishing of objectives, guidelines and codes of practice.
|Clean Electric Power Generation (Canada)||Canada||Grant Program
|No||Federal||The Clean Electrical Power Generation (CEPG) SSA consists of research and development (R&D) and late-stage development and demonstration of technologies for promoting clean, reliable and efficient power generation, both centrally and distributed, including the production of energy from renewable sources and the integration of these resources into the grid. It addresses the reduction of GHG emissions and toxic pollutants from the production of energy from fossil fuels, including through the development of clean coal and carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies, and it provides support for Canada’s participation in the treaty of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) to develop advanced nuclear based energy systems. The CEPG distributed more than $117 million (Canadian) of NRCan funding for the period from 2003-04 to 2008-09. The total estimated CEPG funding from all sources for this period was $250.5 million.|
|Energy Monitoring Act (Canada)||Alberta
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
|Yes||State/Province||This act requires that every energy enterprise file with the Minister a return setting out statistics and information relating to its ownership and control; financial information; information, including financial, about its exploration for, development, production, processing, refining and marketing of energy commodities; its energy commodity resources, reserves and properties; and its research and development programs. This law does not apply to corporations incorporated outside Canada. For oil and gas, dealer is required to file a return must also submit additional statistics, information and documentation that may be required by the Minister for any purpose.|
|Environmental Assessment (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Environmental Regulations||Yes||State/Province||The Environmental Protection Act states that the purpose of environmental assessment is to "protect the environment and quality of life of the people of the province; and facilitate the wise management of the natural resources of the province". It requires anyone who plans a project that could have a significant effect on the natural, social or economic environment to present the project for examination.
The environmental assessment process ensures that projects proceed in an environmentally acceptable manner. When the potential environmental effects of projects are of concern, the process generates real benefits by: (i) providing for comprehensive project planning and design, (ii) maximizing environmental protection, (iii) enhancing government coordination, accountability and information exchange, and (iv) facilitating permitting and regulatory approval of projects.
The Environmental Assessment Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation administers the process including:
- consulting at every stage with interested government departments and the public - evaluating submissions by proponents and reviewers - advising the Minister on potential environmental effects prior to decisions- monitoring released projects to ensure compliance and effectiveness of mitigation
|Environmental Protection - Industrial Compliance (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Environmental Regulations||Yes||State/Province||The Industrial Compliance Section develops and administers Certificates of Approval for the Construction and/or Operation of various industrial facilities. Industries with air emissions and/or effluent discharge may be required to obtain a Certificate of Approval for the construction and operation of their facility. A Certificate of Approval consists of terms and conditions which regulate the activities of the industrial facility. This ensures that degradation of the environment does not occur and that the facility is in compliance with provincial environmental requirements.|
|Environmental Protection Act (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Environmental Regulations||Yes||State/Province||The broad-ranging Environmental Protection Act has sections on waste management, air quality, environmental assessment, and hazardous or polluting substances. The act establishes the framework for the environmental regulations for the province, and establishes authorities, mandates inspections, assessments and reviews, and sets the legal pathways for appeals and penalties.|
|Farm Credit Canada Energy Loan (Canada)||Canada||Loan Program||Yes||Non-Profit||Farm Credit Canada is a private institution, and offers financing for environmental solutions that can help farmers make environmental upgrades to operations and switch to renewable energy resources.|
|Land and Water Developments (Newfoundland and Labrador)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
|Yes||State/Province||This policy applies to public water supply areas designated by the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The policy limits development in public water supply areas unless they meet specific conditions, and have the approval of the Minister of the Department of Environment and Conservation.
The policy prohibits the discharge or storage of chemicals, municipal and industrial wastes into public water supply areas. Intake ponds are also limited in public water supply areas. Clear cutting of forest in sensitive areas, establishment of camps and camp facilities, storage of chemicals, application of pesticides, drainage of peat land for afforestation, and application of toxic fire retardants are also prohibited.
Mineral extraction and exploration activities, operations or facilities are prohibited in public water supply areas.
Aquaculture development and associated activities that have the potential to impair water quality are prohibited in water supply areas, as are processing and manufacturing plants.The installation of pipelines for transmission of water for hydroelectric generation, agriculture uses, or any other purposes, are regulated under this policy.
|National Energy Board Act Part VI (Oil and Gas) Regulations (Canada)||Canada||Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
|Yes||Federal||These regulations from the National Energy Board cover licensing for oil and gas, including the exportation and importation of natural gas. The regulations also cover inspections, reporting requirements, and purchase contracts.|
|National Energy Board Export and Import Reporting Regulations (Canada)||Canada||Generating Facility Rate-Making
Siting and Permitting
|Yes||Federal||These regulations of the Canadian National Energy Board are for the administration of importing and exporting energy, including natural gas and electricity.
For electricity, every holder of a license or permit for the exportation of electricity must submit to the Board, on or before the 15th day of each month, a return for the previous month that contains the quantities and dollar value, in Canadian currency, of electricity exported, by customer, by type (firm or interruptable) and by class of electricity transfer. If the exportation is 1,000 kW or less of power to each customer served, the returns may be submitted to the Board every six months.Exporters of natural gas must submit a return of the total quantity exported, the highest quantity exported, the value or price, the name of the customer, the province in which the gas was produced, the cost of transportation, and other information.
|Offshore Natural Gas Royalty Regime (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Generating Facility Rate-Making||Yes||State/Province||The province’s offshore contains large natural gas deposits. The Provincial Government has developed an Offshore Natural Gas Royalty Regime that will ensure these resources are developed in the best interests of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, while at the same time providing those investors who develop the resource with a fair return.
The royalty has two components: Basic Royalty and Net Royalty. These components exist in the current oil royalty regimes, however, the mechanics of the Natural Gas Royalty terms are quite different.
Basic Royalty provides a revenue stream to the province at all stages of a project. The basic royalty rate is linked to realized prices, rather than volumes or project economics as under existing oil royalty terms. This means that the province’s percentage share of the gross revenue from each project will be largely driven by price. This approach leads to greater transparency and ensures that the interests of the Provincial Government and industry are well-aligned. Net Royalty is based on project profitability and reflects the revenue and costs associated with a particular project. Where profitability of a project is higher, the province will share in that profitability. Where profitability is less or declining, the Net Royalty Rate will be lower and the province’s share will decline.
Both the Basic Royalty rate and Net Royalty rate will be determined by a smoothing formula, rather than the existing “step” based system. This enables the new system to respond quickly to falling or rising prices, sending a positive message to investors and demonstrating that the province is prepared to share in price risk.The Regime will automatically provide a lower royalty return from the more costly and remote natural gas projects and a higher return from lower risk /lower cost projects. For a project that develops new infrastructure and is the pioneer project, the province is prepared to consider modifications to the rate structure within the Offshore Natural Gas Royalty Regime to reflect that higher project risk and infrastructure investment if economics warrant such consideration.
|Petroleum Exploration Enhancement Program (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Grant Program||Yes||State/Province||The Provincial Energy Plan, released in September 2007, introduced a policy action to encourage and promote exploration activity in Western Newfoundland known as the Petroleum Exploration Enhancement Program (PEEP).
The Department of Natural Resources announced a $5 million, two-year program to encourage onshore exploration through the application and acquisition of petroleum geoscience data. Funding extended to 2011-2012.
The program is administered jointly by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) andthe Provincial energy corporation, Nalcor Energy.
|Qualifying RPS Market States (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Renewables Portfolio Standards and Goals||Yes||State/Province||This entry lists the states with RPS policies that accept generation located in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada as eligible sources towards their Renewable Portfolio Standard targets or goals. For specific information with regard to eligible technologies or other restrictions which may vary by state, see the RPS policy entries for the individual states, shown below in the Authority listings. Typically energy must be delivered to an in-state utility or Load Serving Entity, and often only a portion of compliance targets may be met by out-of-state generation. In addition to geographic and energy delivery requirements, ownership, registry, and other requirements may apply, such as resource eligibility, generator vintage and capacity limitations, as well as limits on REC vintage. The listing applies to RPS Main Tiers only, and excludes solar or distributed generation that may require interconnection only within the RPS state. This assessment is based on energy delivery requirements and reasonable transmission availability. Acceptance of unbundled RECs varies. There may be additional sales opportunities in RPS states outside the Eastern Interconnection.|
|Technology Utilization Program (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Rebate Program||No||State/Province||This policy is no longer active. In 2013 the Technology Utilization Program will be absorbed into the new Business Development Fund.
The Technology Utilization Program assists Newfoundland and Labrador businesses with increasing its technology capacity to improve business processes, product quality, efficiency and competitiveness. The program also enables businesses to utilize technology to become energy efficient and reduce its emissions.
The program provides non-repayable contributions normally up to 80% of the project’s total eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 per project.
Eligible activities include: • The introduction, modiﬁcation or replacement of technology (including machinery and equipment and software) that provides signiﬁcant beneﬁt to a business’s operational processes, production or product quality • Introducing technology to support green initiatives • Technology transfer, including professional expertise and technical trainingFinancial assistance is available to Newfoundland and Labrador based corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, co-operatives and business networks.
|Workplace Skills Enhancement Program (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)||Newfoundland and Labrador||Training/Technical Assistance
|Yes||State/Province||The Workplace Skills Enhancement Program (WSEP) helps businesses in strategic sectors train employees to improve productivity and/or global competitiveness.
Eligible applicants are businesses in strategic sectors including corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, co-operatives, social enterprises and business networks. It may also include not-for-profit organizations on behalf of businesses. Strategic sectors include:
• Advanced Technologies • Aerospace • Agri-foods, Food and beverage • Aquaculture • biotechnology and life sciences • energy • environmental industries • Forest Products • Manufacturing • Marine and ocean Technology • Mineral resources, natural stone • Tourism and cultural industries
The program may provide: • A non-repayable contribution for skills development of existing employees for up to 75% of eligible costs to an average of $10,000 per employee. This may include advanced skills training, technical skill development, on-the-job training, workplace-specific skills upgrading or industry-recognized certification. Eligible participants include relatively low-skilled employees, in particular those who do not have the certification(s) or skills required to meet the operational needs of the employer.
• A non-repayable contribution of up to $5,000 for an initiative that strengthens human resource planning and development capacity among businesses and partners in an economic zone. This may include industry needs assessments, sectoral training plans and labour marketor human resource workshops and information sessions. Regional and provincial initiatives may also be eligible.
|EcoAgriculture Biofuels Capital Initiative (ecoABC) (Canada)||Canada||Grant Program||No||Federal||The ecoABC Initiative was a federal $200 million four-year program ending on March 31, 2011 that provided repayable contributions for the construction or expansion of transportation biofuel production facilities. Funding was conditional upon agricultural producer investment in the biofuel projects, and the use of agricultural feedstock to produce the biofuel.|