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Supporting new ideas, technologies, and partnerships to solve pressing environmental challenges

The effects of climate change connect us all. Our shared future faces great challenges – from food security to air quality, from energy needs to access to clean water. There has never been a greater need for extraordinary solutions – or more opportunity for leadership, collaboration, ingenuity, and vision.

RBC Tech for Nature is our multi-year commitment to preserving the world’s greatest wealth: our natural ecosystem. We work with partners to leverage technology and innovation capabilities to solve pressing environmental challenges. RBC Tech for Nature brings to life the fifth pillar of the RBC Climate Blueprint, our enterprise approach to accelerating clean economic growth.

In order to positively influence our environment, we need to address the issues at hand and how we plan on confronting them.

The most impactful programs often require multi-sector expertise. That’s why it’s RBC’s goal to bring the right partners together to tackle these global challenges. The program aims to develop multi-sector partnerships to create positive progress.

The pressing environmental challenges of today are growing at a rate that often outpaces the solutions designed to address them. We recognize that technology offers immense potential to develop innovative solutions that provide new pathways to address those challenges.

RBC is leveraging its technology capabilities in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and app development to work with charitable partners to address water and climate challenges. We are actively seeking partners who share our vision and are pursuing technology based solutions.

Apply for Funding

Get support for your cause. Learn everything you need to know to apply.

Applications are now closed. Please check back soon for more details on our 2022 intake cycle.

All applications under RBC Tech for Nature are assessed using a risk-screen and due diligence check conducted by the RBC Foundation.

Guidelines & Eligibility

Our partners: Committed to creating a sustainable future

Our commitment to preserving the planet’s greatest wealth - our natural ecosystem.

Focus Areas

Our funding is supporting technology-driven programs in three key areas.

Data

There is a lack of organized data on the health of our planet and how our actions affect it. We believe creating a common language about the environment, through data, will allow for informed and meaningful decision-making.

Innovation Ecosystem

We believe that we need to launch and scale-up game-changing solutions by empowering the entrepreneurs,ventures and charities working to build solutions to solve the pressing environmental challenges of today.

Communities of Action

Each person holds more power than they think. We believe that through technology we can empower individuals to work with their communities and positively change their behavior to produce a notable change for our planet.

Featured Partners

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Big data for precision conservation

Swim Drink Fish

Technology connecting communities to local waters

Rideau Hall Foundation

Arctic Inspiration Prize and RBC North Star Accelerator Program

Canadian Red Cross

Data-driven decisions for natural disaster response

Aqua Forum

AquaHacking: Innovative tech solutions for fresh water issues

Centre for Social Innovation

EarthTech: Accelerating freshwater and climate tech solutions

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Unleashing AI on Canada’s fresh water

The Natural Step

Energy Futures Lab 2.0: AI and machine learning for a sustainable energy system

Oxford University

Building prediction and attribution models for extreme weather events

Discover and Learn

Protecting the Health of Canada’s Freshwater Through Blockchain Technology #RBCTechForNature

Cutting-edge Sustainable Innovations are Supported by More Than Money #RBCTechForNature

Why Blockchain Holds the Key to a Greener Planet

How Digital Innovations Are Finding Climate Solutions for Alberta’s Energy Industry

How Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca is Helping Solve Food Waste Issues in Canada

How AI is Helping Canadians Create Cleaner Waters

Apply for funding

Get support for your cause. Learn everything you need to know to apply.

Applications are now closed. Please check back soon for more details on our 2022 intake cycle.

All applications under RBC Tech for Nature are assessed using a risk-screen and due diligence check conducted by the RBC Foundation.