New report: 2017 Canadian green bond issuance hits $3.8bn, exceeding that of all other years combined

Ottawa, CANADA

Bonds and Climate Change: State of the Market in Canada 2017

Launch by Smart Prosperity Institute and Climate Bonds

OTTAWA and LONDON, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smart Prosperity Institute and the Climate Bonds Initiative have released the 2017 Bonds and Climate Change: State of the Market Canada report, the sixth annual stocktake of green bonds and green finance in Canada.

State of the Market Canada edition results from a longstanding joint partnership between the two organisations and is a special supplement to the flagship Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market global report produced by Climate Bonds.

The Canada edition marks specific highlights from the current year, emerging trends, and identifies specific opportunities for green bond market development. This year, we report on domestic market activity up to November 10th, 2017.

Key highlights from the report:

  • Green bond issuance in 2017 has exceeded that of all other years combined (C$3.8bn), but an opportunity for growth remains as demand continues to outstrip supply.
  • Canada ranks 10th in the world as a source of labelled green bond issuance to date, and 5th in unlabelled climate-aligned bond issuance.
  • Provincial entities have spurred issuance, with Ontario and Quebec leading the way in 2017.
  • Other major Canadian issuers include Export Development Canada (EDC), Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank, CoPower, and more recently the City of Ottawa, which issued the first municipal green bond out of Canada.
  • Ambitious climate commitments and policy have been put in place to transition to a low-carbon economy. A growing Canadian green bonds market can be instrumental in steering private sector and international capital flows to finance this transition.
  • As a G7, G20 & OECD nation there is an opportunity in Canada for the federal government to demonstrate leadership in green finance by issuing a sovereign green bond, paving the way for others to follow, particularly corporate issuers.
  • Other actions include supporting market standards, exploring the use of tax incentives and facilitating the formation of a broad-based expert group to examine green finance directions.
  • Canadian banks, pension funds, and institutional investors need to play a more active role in developing green financial instruments and the domestic green bond market.

Mike Wilson, Executive Director, Smart Prosperity Institute:

"As Canada continues to ramp up its climate policy ambition, green bonds have the potential to harness much-needed private capital flows to finance the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy.”

“In 2017, we've seen the Canadian green bond market gaining momentum, with issuance exceeding that of all previous years’ combined and new players coming into the market, including the first municipal issuance by the city of Ottawa. With increased leadership by the federal government, 2018 could be an even bigger year for the Canadian green bond market."

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds:

“Canada has all the structural financial components and policy attributes to move decisively on green finance, to build a robust domestic green bond market supporting its climate goals and to add further strength to global emission reduction efforts. Provinces, corporates and institutional investors all have a significant role to play.”

“The global size and expertise of Canada’s major pension funds and asset managers sees them well positioned to manage larger capital allocations towards low carbon and green infrastructure investment opportunities in both developed and emerging economies.”  

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Climate Bonds Contact:

Andrew Whiley,
Head of Communications and Media
Climate Bonds Initiative (London)
+44 (0) 7914 159 838  
Smart Prosperity Institute Contact:

Mac Radburn
Communications & Outreach Officer
Smart Prosperity Institute (Ottawa)

Notes for Journalists

About Smart Prosperity Institute: Smart Prosperity Institute (formerly Sustainable Prosperity) is a national research network and policy think tank based at the University of Ottawa. We deliver world-class research and work with public and private partners – all to advance practical policies and market solutions for a stronger, cleaner economy.

About the Climate Bonds Initiative: The Climate Bonds Initiative is an investor-focused not-for-profit, promoting large-scale investment in the low-carbon economy. More information on our website here.

About the State of the Market in 2017 Report:

The State of the Market Canada 2017 Report is jointly produced by Climate Bonds Initiative and Smart Prosperity Institute. French translation has been sponsored by AlphaFixe Capital. The 2016 report can be found here.  

Previous Canada State of the Market Reports can be found on the Climate Bonds website and at

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