Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

May 29, 2009 18:11 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Invests in High River Biodiesel

HIGH RIVER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - Thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada, the Western Biodiesel facility in High River will receive up to $19.9 million over seven years to support biofuels development. Ted Menzies, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Macleod, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, today made this announcement.

"The Government of Canada is delivering action for families and businesses in High River," said Mr. Menzies. "This funding will help create local jobs and economic opportunities, while increasing our supply of cleaner fuels to reduce greenhouse gases, and contribute to a healthier environment for all Canadians."

Compared to gasoline, grain-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 40 percent on a life-cycle basis. For biodiesel, the emissions reduction can be as much as 60 percent.

"These funds will help Western Biodiesel in our mission to develop innovative technologies to help broaden Canadians' fuel choices," said Dean Cockshutt, President and CEO of Western Biodiesel. "This investment will also result in greater workplace opportunities for the High River community."

Through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program, the Government of Canada will invest up to $1.5 billion over nine years to encourage the development of a strong, competitive renewable fuels industry in Canada.

The Government of Canada is also reducing emissions and creating new economic opportunities through investments such as the five-year,
$1-billion Clean Energy Fund and the $1-billion Green Infrastructure Fund. These initiatives are part of the Government's Economic Action Plan and will provide additional economic stimulus while accelerating progress toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Canadians.


The Government of Canada is committed to providing up to $19.9 million in production incentives over seven years in new funding to a biodiesel plant in High River, Alberta. M.P. Ted Menzies says the new investment will help create local jobs and economic opportunities for local businesses as well as provide cleaner fuels to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

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Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
    Jasmine MacDonnell
    Director of Communications
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Western Biodiesel Inc.
    Dean Cockshutt
    President and CEO