Report raises questions about $38 million in emergency ‘relief payments’ in 2020, 2021

Ottawa has frozen the activities of a federal foundation that finances the development of green technologies after receiving a report that criticized its management of public funds.

Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC) is in the middle of a five-year agreement with the federal government to distribute $1 billion to small and medium businesses in the clean tech sector.

The decision to stop the organization from approving new funding was announced on Tuesday by Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne.

The move came after a group of whistleblowers brought a complaint against SDTC to the government earlier this year over concerns about the foundation’s management of its federal funding and human resources.

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