Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

August 31, 2009 17:34 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Invests in Saskatchewan Biofuels

WEYBURN, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2009) - A Weyburn biofuels plant will receive financial support for ethanol production, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. NorAmera Bio Energy's ethanol plant will receive up to $13.72 million over seven years through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program.

Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and to the Minister of Labour, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources. The Government of Canada's ecoENERGY for Biofuels program works to help stabilize the Canadian renewable fuel industry, supporting job creation and stimulating the local economy.

"The Government of Canada is delivering results for families and workers in Weyburn," said Mr. Komarnicki. "By investing in this project, we are helping to create and sustain local jobs and economic opportunities while encouraging 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.

"The support from the federal Government is essential for the long term development of the industry," said Brad Hill, CEO of NorAmera BioEnergy Corp. "We are pleased with the level of support and the willingness of the government to address the industry concerns especially in the current economic climate."

The Government of Canada will invest up to $1.5 billion over nine years through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program. The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan also dedicates $1 billion to the Clean Energy Fund and $1 billion for the Green Infrastructure Fund to provide additional economic stimulus while promoting a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Canadians.

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The Government of Canada will provide up to $13.72 million over seven years in funding to an ethanol plant in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Parliamentary Secretary Ed Komarnicki said this funding will help sustain local jobs and economic opportunities for local businesses as well as provide cleaner fuels to reduce Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

ecoENERGY for Biofuels

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
    Ottawa
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    613-996-2007
    or
    Natural Resources Canada
    Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447
    or
    NorAmera Bio Energy
    Brad Hill
    306-694-6222