Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 21, 2007 13:24 ET

Canada's new Government Invests Nearly $1 Million in Quebec's Emerging Biofuels Industry

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2007) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture, on behalf of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced that Canada's New Government is investing $992,563 in 12 projects designed to help the biofuels industry in Quebec.

"Canada's New Government is helping to ensure that producers are able to participate in and benefit from increased biofuels production in Canada," said Secretary of State Paradis. "The renewable energy industry holds great potential for enhancing the economic prosperity of Quebec."

Through the Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI), 12 organizations will receive funding to conduct feasibility studies and develop business plans that will lead to the development of biofuels production facilities.

"Through their involvement in developing biofuels, Quebec's farm producers have once again shown that they share the environmental concerns of their fellow citizens while exploring new markets," said Mr. Laurent Pellerin, Chair of the Conseil pour le developpement de l'agriculture du Quebec (CDAQ), which administers the BOPI program in Quebec.

BOPI is a two-year $20 million commitment by Canada's New Government designed to provide farmers and rural communities with opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, increased Canadian biofuels production. The initiative helps agricultural producers and others develop sound business proposals, as well as undertake feasibility or other studies to support the creation and expansion of biofuel production capacity. It is delivered through the industry councils in each province and territory that administer Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program.

On July 5, 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced that the government will provide up to $1.5 billion over nine years to support the production of renewable fuels. In addition, since coming to office, Canada's New Government has announced it will invest $500 million in biofuels and bio-products initiatives to assist farmers and rural communities to seize new market opportunities in the bio-economy.

BACKGROUNDER

Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative funds 12 projects in Quebec

The Government of Canada is committed to establishing regulations that will require 5 percent average renewable fuel content in transportation fuels by 2010 and intends to regulate a 2 percent requirement for renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil by 2012. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) wants to ensure that these targets are implemented in ways that result in the greatest possible benefit to the agricultural sector, including ownership of biofuels production facilities by agricultural producers.

On July 17, 2006, Canada's New Government announced $10 million in funding for the Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI) to be delivered through the industry councils in each province and territory that administer the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program.

Due to the high demand from producers and industry, on March 3, 2007, Canada's New Government announced an additional $10 million in BOPI funding. An additional $3 million was made available last fiscal year to fund additional projects and $7 million is being provided this fiscal year (2007-2008) for new BOPI project proposals, bringing the total up to $20 million over the two fiscal years.

The BOPI, delivered through the industry councils in each province/territory that administer AAFC's ACAAF Program, was developed to help meet this goal. Individual project funding is capped at $300,000 and at least 25 per cent of the project cost must be provided by the industry, of which one third must come from producers.

BOPI funding totalling $992,563 is being provided through Conseil pour le developpement de l'agriculture du Quebec (CDAQ) to 12 biofuels projects in Quebec, including:

- $300,000 to Federation des producteurs de bovins du Quebec to develop engineering phases leading to the construction of an integrated facility for processing slaughter and dead animal by-products into biofuel.

- $187,808 to Nutrinor, Cooperative agroalimentaire du Saguenay, Lac St-Jean to develop a business plan and required studies for construction of a biodiesel microproduction facility.

- $108,800 to Societe 9043-3616 Quebec inc. St-Alexis-de-Montcalm - Lanaudiere to develop a feasibility study and business plan for the construction of a biofuel facility from existing infrastructures.

- $98,393 to Potager Meunier inc., St-Roch-de-L'Achigan - Lanaudiere to develop a feasibility study concerning the construction of a pilot ethanol and by-products production facility from willow crops.

- $71,561 to Federation des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Quebec to position grain producers in Quebec and facilitate their uptake of biofuel market opportunities.

- $70,256 to Ferme Gaston Roy, Sainte-Marguerite to develop a feasibility study for a biodiesel production unit in the Quebec City region.

- $42,999 to La Cooperative federee du Quebec, Montreal to contribute to the gathering of information for the preparation of a biofuel development policy and feasibility study for the production of ethanol and biodiesel.

- $39,375 to Serge Quintal, Saint-Ignace-de-Standbridge to develop a feasibility study and production of a business plan for the construction of a biodiesel production plant.

- $23,800 to Syndicat des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Centre-du-Quebec to develop a feasibility study concerning biodiesel production from oilcrops oil.

- $19,580 to Institut de recherche et de developpement en agroenvironnement, Ste-Foy to determine the potential for biomass production from various vegetable species and the quality of their ligno-cellulosic complex for ethanol processing.

- $16,000 to Les Huiles naturelles d'Amérique, Les Cèdres to develop a feasibility study for biofuel production in a small-size facility, Suroît region (in the western Montérégie).

- $13,991 to Coopérative agricole Profid'Or, Joliette - Lanaudière to develop a feasibility study concerning the construction of an ethanol production facility from sugar beet.

Opportunities for greater involvement in biofuels production facilities allow agricultural producers to participate in this emerging industry and increases their share of the benefits from renewable fuels production beyond delivering feedstock.

For more information on BOPI, please visit www.agr.gc.ca/bopi

For more information on the Conseil pour le développement de l'agriculture du Québec, please visit www.cdaq.qc.ca or call 450-679-0540, ext 8353.

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    Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
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