On 10 May Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of Energy and Natural Resources, launched the government’s ‘Hydrogen Strategy for Canada: Progress Report’. The Report is the result of three years of engagement, research and analysis, including input from more than 1000 experts and stakeholders. It highlights the significant investments and notable developments that have advanced Canada’s hydrogen sector since 2020, features projections of hydrogen’s potential role in meeting Canada’s climate objectives and provides a roadmap for next steps and priorities.

Advancements in the production and use of clean fuels are guided by Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy, which introduced a framework in 2020 with the intention of positioning Canada as a global supplier and producer of low-carbon hydrogen on the country’s path to net-zero by 2050.

Interest in low-carbon hydrogen in Canada has increased significantly in recent years, with over 80 low-carbon hydrogen production projects currently in various stages of development, representing an economic opportunity of over $100 billion in potential investment in domestic clean energy opportunities and jobs.

This comes, said Mr Wilkinson, as the Budget for 2024 presents key investments to incentivise the development and adoption of clean fuels and accelerate innovation and investments in Canadian hydrogen, including the implementation of the Clean Hydrogen Investment Tax Credit and other major economic investment tax credits.

The federal government will continue, he said, to advance domestic low-carbon hydrogen opportunities to position Canada as a competitive and reliable supplier in the growing global market for clean fuels.