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Clean Transportation System – Research and Development Program


Up to $600,000 in program funding annually


Clean Transportation System – Research and Development Program funds projects to help reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation, marine and rail sectors.

Projects that receive funding through this program may, for example:

  • Conduct research and share knowledge on emission-reducing (clean) technologies
  • Develop technologies or other ways to help measure transportation-related emissions
  • Develop, test, deploy and install innovative clean technologies in Canada

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, you must show that you meet certain requirements. For example:

  • Your project is part of an existing program that addresses air pollutants and/or greenhouse gas emissions
  • You have the knowledge and capacity to complete the project
  • You will share your results

Eligible recipients may include:

  • Provinces, territories and municipalities
  • Indigenous groups
  • Public sector organizations
  • Not-for-profit and for-profit organizations
  • Academia
  • Individuals

Recipients will receive up to 50% of total eligible costs for their project.

Eligible Expenses

  • Staff salaries and benefits
  • Professional fees
  • Translation costs
  • Costs of preparing, constructing, installing or rehabilitating assets
  • Purchase or lease of assets, technology, equipment and supplies
  • Travel and administrative costs

Conditions of funding

  • You may receive up to $100,000 per year, per project
  • You must prove that you have up-front funding
  • All projects must be completed by March 31, 2024
  • Projects may begin incurring eligible costs only once TC approves and confirms this in writing

Deadline Date

April 15, 2021


Contact Name: Clean Transportation System – Research and Development (CTS-RD) Program Transport Canada

E-mail Address:


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