On May 3 last, the Canadian Government (described in its Press Releases as the Harper Government) showered cash on certain Canadian businesses and research institutions. Coordinated press conferences to announce these grants took place across Canada: in the Maritimes, Quebec City (Harper was there), the Canada Cement Lafarge cement plant in Ontario, Toronto and the Yukon. These grants approved in the 2011 budget under the Federal ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative total 85 million.
Grants for $17 million were awarded for research into Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), larger than amounts granted to any other research category. Still the amount is relatively small in comparison with the Alberta Government committment to advance $1.3 billion to support the development of CCS as a solution to Alberta’s GHG emissions.