Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

December 17, 2009 11:17 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Governments of Canada and Ontario Invest in Forest Sector in Northern Ontario

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - Canada's Economic Action Plan is delivering results for the forest sector in Northern Ontario by investing in next-generation forest technology. Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, along with the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry, announced funding of up to $20 million to develop a forest biorefinery. The pilot project will test forest biomass for use in energy and next-generation forest products.

"The Government of Canada is investing in the forest industry by helping develop state-of-the-art Canadian technology and creating jobs," said Minister Clement. "Innovative projects such as this one are key to expanding market opportunities for Canada's forest industries both at home and abroad."

Additionally, an agreement was reached by all partners to increase the research capacity and knowledge in the region, which will help Thunder Bay's reputation as a leading centre for bioeconomy research and innovation.

Canada's Economic Action Plan has delivered significant investments designed to sustain and improve the forest industry in Canada. Among other investments, the Government of Canada has committed $170 million to assist the forest industry in developing innovative products and expanding markets overseas.

"The diversification of the forest industry in Ontario, including emerging innovative biofuel, is key to strengthening Ontario's forest sector now and into the future," said Minister Gravelle. "We created CRIBE to bring business, government and communities together to develop new economic opportunities and help ensure a bright future for Northern Ontarians. I am extremely proud to see this vision further unfolding here today with this important financial commitment from the Government of Canada."

CRIBE, a not-for-profit organization developed by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, focuses on commercializing new forest products and technologies by working with leading researchers and industry.

The initial phase of the pilot project involves a feasibility study that will provide a complete analysis of the biorefinery's functions, including a pre-commercial process to extract wood fibres; identify market opportunities; assess output capacity of the demonstration plant; and determine full project costs.


Natural Resources Canada and Ontario's Department of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry today announced an investment of up to $20 million to develop a pilot biorefinery in Thunder Bay. The investment is part of federal efforts to support innovation in Canada's forest industry and expand overseas markets for Canadian forest products.

The following media backgrounder is available at

Federal Government Invests in Forest Innovation and the Bioeconomy

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at

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