This Week’s Coolest Canadian Crowdfunding Campaigns

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It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.

Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:

CARGO: Dead in the Water

This game looks sort of like a cross between Settlers of Catan and Chinese Checkers. Based on historical trans-Atlantic trade, players move ships across the board, bringing cargo back and forth. When two ships meet, there’s a battle that’s decided with cards and dice.

Looks like it could be pretty fun.

$55 gets the game. So far the campaign has raised almost $9,000. It’s got a few weeks left to reach the goal of $48,000.
FormTouch: The Ultimate Weatherproof Touchscreen Gloves

Gloves are probably the last thing on your mind this time of year but winter is always around the corner. These gloves are supposed to make using your touch screen phone easy – while also keeping your fingers warm and dry.

The gloves use a material called Aerogel which has a low density and very low thermal conductivity. That’s wrapped in a thin stretchy material that also has a hydrophobic coating so they’re pretty waterproof

$40 gets the gloves. The campaign is looking to raise $40,000, less than a week into it, it had raised just over $1,300.

Crystal Green Energy

The people behind this campaign are either brilliant or crazy. They say they’ve come up with a solar panel system that not only captures energy from the Sun’s light but also captures heat.

If that’s true, it will be the first solar panel system to do both – current models dissipate heat because it could damage the optical systems.

If it works, that will make Crystal Green Energy’s system one of the most effective solar panel arrays in the world.

While there are some smaller perks, the solar power module doesn’t come cheap. It will cost backers $5,000. The campaign is looking to raise $100,000. In just over a week it was at $11,575.

Shoal Lake 40: Road to Reconciliation

For over a century, Winnipeg, Manitoba has gotten its drinking water from Shoal Lake. But while the city gets clean water, the water that goes to the local First Nations community at Shoal Lake is diverted before it gets treated. That’s left the community under a boil water advisory for 18 years.

When the aqueduct was built to Winnipeg, it cut the community off from the mainland, leaving it only accessible by ferry or ice road in the winter. That’s compounded the problem and made it more difficult for a treatment plant to be built.

The government of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg have each promised to put $10 million into a road building project – with the expectation that the federal government would put up another $10 million.

But they didn’t (they are spending $100 million to widen the nearby Trans-Canada highway). 

Now, a Winnipeg resident has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise that final $10 million.

It’s an all-or-nothing campaign and it’s a long-shot. So far over $40,000 has been pledged. No perks on this one, but given the cause, that’s pretty understandable.

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