Process Overview – Process


Stage One – Online Screening Application

The technology undergoes a preliminary screening to determine if it meets minimum eligibility requirements for verification. For a technology to be eligible:

  • It must be an environmental technology;
  • The performance claim must meet minimum Canadian standards and/or national guidelines for that technology and where it is being used;
  • The performance claim should be measurable;
  • The applicant should own the intellectual property of the technology to be verified, or can obtain a written permission from the owners to pursue the verification; and
  • The technology must be currently commercially available or commercially ready for full-scale application.

If the applicant feels their technology meets these criteria, the applicant submits an Online Screening Application to the Canadian ETV Program which is reviewed to confirm eligibility and feasibility and to resolve any conflict of interest which may exist between the applicant and the Canadian ETV Program.

A Canadian ETV Program representative will contact the screening applicant within 5-10 days of receiving the Online Screening Application regarding eligibility. There is no charge for the assessment of the Screening Application.

At this stage, the Canadian ETV Program representative will discuss the method of verification desired by the applicant which could be either:

1. Using existing test data, if the data is generated by third party, no older than five years, and meet the quality requirements mentioned below, or

2. Working with a third party test agent to develop an appropriate test plan and generate data as per the test plan.

A confidentiality agreement will be signed before confidential information or data can be passed to The Canadian ETV Program.
Stage Two – Formal Application Review 
  • If the technology meets eligibility thresholds, the applicant can apply to the Canadian ETV Program by submitting a Formal Application and a $1,500 CDN application fee (non-refundable).
  • The formal application should be accompanied with the supporting data that is to be used in the verification process.
  • A contract will be signed with the applicant.
Stage Three – Verification
  • The Verification Entity reviews the available test data to determine if it is adequate for verification.
  • If it is adequate, the Verification Entity analyzes the data from the applicant to determine if the performance claim is adequately substantiated.

Stage Four – Award

If the applicant”s performance claim is substantiated, the applicant will now be considered a Canadian ETV Program Graduate and receive:

  • A License Agreement executed between the Canadian ETV Program and the ETV Graduate;
  • A final Verification Report;
  • A Technology Fact Sheet defining conditions of performance;
  • A Verification Certificate; and
  • An electronic copy of the Canadian ETV Program Official Marks, for use as stipulated in the License Agreement.

The License Agreement is valid for three (3) years and permits the use of the intellectual property owned by Environment Canada, specifically the logo, Environmental Technology Verification phrase and other references to the program, as stipulated in the License Agreement.