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Crushin’ the Cleantech Competition

Your challenge is to develop a new clean technology solution that transforms how energy is used for crushing and grinding rocks in the mining industry.


Mining is one of Canada’s founding industries

Its products are critical to today’s society

Extracting these important minerals

Is costly and energy-intensive

We know that the environment

And the economy

Go hand in hand

As we move to a greener future

We must use energy efficiently

We’re challenging innovators, big and small

To transform mining processes

And show us the energy-efficient mine of tomorrow

Et d’imaginer les mines écoénergétiques de demain

Develop the next generation of mining

Fight climate change

Develop innovative technologies to reduce energy consumption and pollution in mining

Increase competitiveness

Increase competitiveness in the mining sector and develop world-leading clean technologies

Transform the mining cycle

Revolutionize the mining cycle and unlock the future of mining

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Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as companies, industry associations and research centres
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Independent small-scale innovators and individuals

Key dates

  • January 15, 2019: deadline to submit applications
  • March 2019: pitch proposal at #DisruptMining event
  • May 2019: top 6 announced
  • November 30, 2020: final submission deadline for Challenge finalists
  • March 2021: final grand prize winner announced


  • $10,000 for each small-scale innovator selected as one of the up to twelve (12) Challenge semi-finalists to help them pitch their ideas to the Challenge Jury
  • Up to $800,000 each for up to 6 finalists to build and test their cleantech solutions.
  • $5 million grant to the innovator who can demonstrate the best energy breakthrough in crushing and grinding rocks