Indigenous organizations show `limited interest’ in Ottawa’s clean fuel fund, documents show

By Matteo Cimellaro  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A fund designed to kick-start clean fuel projects has received “limited interest” from Indigenous organizations, a Canada’s National Observer access-to-information request has found. Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy Fund has allocated $1.5 billion to expand clean fuels like hydrogen, renewable diesel and natural gas, and biofuels. Natural Resources Canada has hit a roadblock on Indigenous participation despite a $250 million allocation of the larger fund for Indigenous-led projects. The ministry has also tried significant outreach like webinars and meetings to promote the program with little success, the access-to-information documents showed. Several applications for the Indigenous-led allocation did not meet the eligibility requirement of 50 per cent ownership. And only four applications were deemed to be completed and are under assessment by Natural Resources…

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