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|Policy||Place||Policy Type||Active||Implementing Sector||Summary|
|Aquatic Habitat Protection Permit (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Environmental Regulations
Siting and Permitting
|Yes||State/Province||The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 (EMPA) and the Water Regulations provides for the protection of aquatic habitat and states that a permit is required: to alter the bed, bank or boundary of any water body or water course; to remove or add any material to the bed, bank or boundary of any water body or watercourse; or to remove vegetation from the bed, bank or boundary or any water body or water course. Aquatic Habitat Protection Permits are issued by the Water Security Agency (WSA). Authorizations may also be required from other agencies. Exemptions for some types of work are available, and are being developed by the WSA.|
|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.
|Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Grant Program||No||State/Province||All funds have been committed for the current Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement and no new applications are being accepted.
The Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA) is a four-year, $50-million federal/provincial agreement designed to encourage economic development and growth in the Saskatchewan economy. Signed in January 2009, this agreement is administered through Western Economic Diversification Canada and Enterprise Saskatchewan. This agreement replaces the former five-year, $50-million WEPA that expired in 2008. Through joint federal and provincial support, WEPA provides funding for projects that build and sustain economic growth and opportunity in Saskatchewan through the following strategic theme areas:
Business Productivity and Competitiveness: Includes investments to increase small- and medium-sized business productivity; increase export readiness; assist in business growth and viability; and strengthen national and international competitiveness of Saskatchewan business.
Technology Commercialization: Includes investments to increase collaboration with local research institutions to successfully develop, commercialize, market and distribute technologies, products and services; or enhance industry or community capacity to invest in technologies, products and services to improve industry or community adoption and commercialization of new technologies, products or services.
Community and Regional Development and Diversification: Increase the capacity of Saskatchewan communities to implement strategies that promote sustainable development; create greater collaboration and integration between and among government and communities; increase investment and business opportunities; or increase the economic infrastructure for the further development of leading industries, including internationally significant tourism initiatives.
Trade and Investment: Increase national and international awareness of Saskatchewan products and services.
Eligible applicants must be:
Legal entities and include non-profit organizations; post-secondary institutions, hospitals or regional health care centres engaged in research; or other provincial agencies or legal entities created by the provincial government.
Any organization, agency, university or group that requires funding for a project, which would have a measurable impact on the economic development of the province.Individual commercial businesses or commercial activities will not be eligible for support.
|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 (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Environmental Regulations||Yes||State/Province||Saskatchewan's Environmental Assessment program is designed to systematically evaluate the
ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects of development within a single framework so that the real costs and tradeoffs at stake in a particular situation can be fully understood.
The Environmental Assessment Act requires that a proposed project receives the approval of the Minister of Environment before proceeding with a development that is likely to have significant environmental implications.
The Act defines 'development' to mean any project, operation or activity, or any alteration or expansion of any project, operation or activity, which is likely to:
• Have an effect on any unique, rare or endangered feature of the environment;
• Substantially utilize any provincial resource, and in doing so, preempt the use, or potential use, of that resource for any other purpose;
• Cause the emission of any pollutants or create by-products, residual or waste products which require handling and disposal in a manner that is not regulated by any other Act or regulation;
• Cause widespread public concern because of potential environmental changes;
• Involve a new technology that is concerned with resource utilization and that may induce significant environmental change; or
• Have a significant impact on the environment or necessitate a further development which is likely to have a significant impact on theenvironment.
|Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010 (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Environmental Regulations||Yes||State/Province||The Environmental Management and Protection Act of 2010 protects air, land, water resources and ecosystems of the province by managing and regulating potentially harmful activities and substances. It prohibits discharges that may adversely affect the environment, requires notification of such discharges, allows the Minister to investigate discharges and issue Environmental Protection Orders. This act repeals and replaces the The Clean Air Act, The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002, The Litter Control Act and The State of the Environment Report Act.|
|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.|
|Go Green Fund (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Grant Program||Yes||State/Province||The Go Green Fund is a financial commitment from the Government of Saskatchewan to assist Saskatchewan's people, communities, non-government organizations and businesses address the province's most important environmental issues.
The Go Green Fund supports practical, cost-effective solutions delivered through innovative environmental technologies, processes and improved public understanding. Larger scale initiatives that demonstrate significant environmental benefit and those that have the potential for adoption and/or replication elsewhere in Saskatchewan will be favored.
"Ordinary course-of-business" activities are not eligible for funding.
The Go Green Fund will invest in results-based projects that contribute to the following objectives:
Reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions measured as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent reduced, sequestered or avoided;
Conservation of water supplies measured as litres of water saved;
Maintenance or restoration of water quality to meet established standards measured as litres of water upgraded or safeguarded from its prior or estimated degraded status; Biodiversity conservation measured as hectares of land protected or under biodiversity management;
Reduction of waste measured as kilograms of waste reduced or diverted; and Improvement in the understanding and acceptance of the need to address environmental issues measured by testing the target group's understanding of relevant messages pre- and post- project. Projects in this area will have a measurable action component directly relating to one or more of the above mentioned objectives.Past projects funded include wind energy, energy storage, geothermal and biomass projects.
|Invest In Saskatchewan Program (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Corporate Tax Incentive
Personal Tax Incentives
|Yes||State/Province||The Invest in Saskatchewan Program encourages Saskatchewan people to invest in small and medium-sized businesses based in Saskatchewan through funds called Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC). These investments help Saskatchewan companies grow and create jobs.
Individuals investing in the shares of a registered LSVCC fund are eligible for a combined 35% tax credit (a provincial tax credit of 20% and a federal tax credit of 15%) on the first $5,000 invested in each year. Investments must be maintained for eight years to earn the tax credits. These investments are also Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) eligible.
Two options are available:
Broad-based Pool Funds (such as Golden Opportunities Fund Inc., SaskWorks Venture Fund Inc. or GrowthWorks Funds Ltd.) are open to any Saskatchewan resident wanting to invest in a broad base of Saskatchewan sectors and businesses. In turn, any Saskatchewan business is eligible to apply to access this venture capital to assist with establishing or expanding its business.Employee Investment Funds allow employees to invest in the company where they work and assist employers in establishing an employee ownership program. Employers and employees work together to establish a fund and make investments.
|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.
|SaskPower Geothermal and Self-Generated Renewable Power Loan Program (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Loan Program||No||Utility||SaskPower offered a loan program for residential and farm customers who chose to install a Canadian Geoexchange Coalition (CGC) certified geothermal heating and/or a renewable electricity system. This program was applicable to all Saskatchewan residents who installed a system in a new home, or chose to retrofit an existing home to accommodate a geothermal and/or renewable system.|
|SaskPower Net Metering (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Net Metering||Yes||Utility||Residents, farms and businesses with approved Environmental Preferred Technologies of up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of nominal (nameplate) generating capacity can deliver their excess electricity to the SaskPower electrical grid. SaskPower will pay a one-time rebate, equivalent to 20% of eligible costs to a maximum payment of $20,000, for an approved and grid interconnected net metering project. The Net Metering Rebate is available to SaskPower, Saskatoon Light and Power and City of Swift Current electricity customers until November 30, 2014.|
|SaskPower Small Power Producers Program (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Performance-Based Incentive||Yes||Utility||The Small Power Producers Program accommodates customers who wish to generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) of electricity for the purpose of offsetting power that would otherwise be purchased from SaskPower or for selling all of the power generated to SaskPower.
At the beginning of the application process, applicants need to choose between one of two options: Sell all of the power produced to SaskPower, or sell the excess of is not used.
The 2012 program price that SaskPower will pay for electricity is 9.802 $/kWh. This 2012 price will escalate at two per cent per year thereafter. Purchase rates do not differ between eligible generation technologies. All contracts will be honored in accordance with the pricing regime in the signed contract, even if the program is discontinued.Electricity banking services are not provided under this policy (see SaskPower Net Metering Program to bank electricity).
|Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Rebate Program||Yes||State/Province||The Saskatchewan Petroleum Research Incentive is intended to encourage research, development and demonstration of new technologies that facilitate the expanded production of Saskatchewan's oil and natural gas resources. Research, development and demonstration projects involving new technologies related to oil and natural gas exploration, production, treatment, transportation, upgrading, processing, refining, and/or waste disposal from, or environmental impact of oil and natural gas activity will be eligible to receive the Incentive.|
|Saskatchewan Renewable Diesel Program (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Rebate Program||Yes||State/Province||Saskatchewan has introduced a mandate for inclusion of 2% renewable content in the average annual diesel fuel pool for fuel distributors beginning July 1, 2012. In order to allow industry to fully make the transition, the first compliance period will run from July 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014.
In anticipation of the mandate, the Saskatchewan Renewable Diesel Program incentive was developed to support production of renewable diesel. The incentive component provides 13 cents per litre of eligible renewable diesel to qualifying producers in Saskatchewan for use in all diesel fuel applications. The incentive program is effective April 1, 2011, and terminates March 31, 2016.
The mandate and the incentive were recommended by the Enterprise Saskatchewan Biofuels and Bio-Products Sector Team and the ES Board of Directors.
Renewable diesel is defined as a diesel fuel substitute made from renewable materials such as vegetable oil, waste cooking oil, animal fat or fish oil, fungi, algae or other microbes, and potentially from cellulosic feedstock consisting of agriculture and forest biomass by way of any acceptable method (i.e. transesterification, hydrotreating, etc.).For the purposes of this program, this definition excludes traditional and non-traditional petroleum derived products or resources as well as straight vegetable oils (SVO) or fats that are ‘untransformed’ to meet fuel standards.
|Small Business Loans Association Program (Saskatchewan, Canada)||Saskatchewan||Loan Program||Yes||State/Province||An SBLA is a community-based interest group, co-operative, corporation, or Rural Development Corporation that has been incorporated as either a “for profit” or “non-profit” under The Business Corporations Act or The Co-operatives Act. Once approved and incorporated, an SBLA may access an interest-free revolving line of credit of up to $600,000 from the Government of Saskatchewan, and in turn can use this line of credit to make loans of up to $20,000 to new and existing businesses.|
|Western Interstate Nuclear Compact State Nuclear Policy (Multiple States)||Arizona
|Siting and Permitting||Yes||State/Province||Legislation authorizes states' entrance into the Western Interstate Nuclear Compact, which aims to undertake the cooperation of participating states in deriving the optimum benefit from nuclear and related scientific or technological resources, facilities, and skills. The Compact is the legal basis for the Western Interstate Energy Board, which provides the instruments and framework for cooperative state efforts to "enhance the economy of the West and contribute to the well-being of the region's people." While originally intended to oversee nuclear issues, the Board's purview extends beyond nuclear power to state cooperation on general energy, electricity, and climate issues. The western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, along with associate members Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, comprise the membership of the Board and are party to the Compact.|
|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.|