Liberals’ $600-million cleantech fund is losing money and struggling to find investments

Fund has invested in some firms that are failing to meet targets and that are at risk of defaulting

The $600-million fund the federal Liberals created to invest in startups that use technology to fight climate change is losing money, and having difficulty finding companies in which to invest.

The fund, administered by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), has invested in some firms that are failing to meet performance targets and that are at risk of defaulting, according to a year and a half of BDC’s financial documents and letters sent to cabinet ministers obtained by The Logic.

In January 2018, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced $600 million in funding for BDC to create a cleantech portfolio that invests in startups so they can “hire new staff, develop products, support sales, and scale up and compete globally.”

The internal documents show those goals are not being met.

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