Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 04, 2007 12:20 ET

Canada's New Government Invests Over $718,000 in Renewable Energy Production in Ontario

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 4, 2007) - Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament for Peterborough, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced that Canada's New Government is investing over $718,000 in six Eastern and Central Ontario organizations to help them participate in the emerging biofuels industry.

"Canada's New Government is supporting a number of alternative energy projects across the country, including right here in Eastern and Central Ontario," said Dean Del Mastro. "This demonstrates that our government is taking serious, affordable and results-oriented steps to protect the environment. It also means new market opportunities for farmers and rural towns and economic growth for companies like the ones getting funds today."

The organizations being funded through the Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI) include Kawartha Ethanol Inc., Wehrmann Farms, Energrow, Sunderland Co-op Inc., O'Connor Land and Cattle Company, and Clearydale Farms.

"These projects demonstrate Ontario's commitment to our environment and our agricultural sector," said Bette Jean Crews, Chair, Agricultural Adaptation Council. "We are pleased that the federal government is providing initiatives to help companies explore the potentials of biofuels use."

BOPI is a $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 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 regional industry councils that administer Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program. In Ontario, the funding for these projects is administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

In Budget 2007, Canada's New Government allocated $2 billion over seven years to support the production of renewable fuels. In addition, since coming to office this government has announced $500 million to assist farmers and rural communities to seize new market opportunities in the bio-economy through biofuels and bio-products initiatives.


More Support for Biofuels Projects in Ontario

Canada's New Government is committed to requiring 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. A number of programs have been put in place 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 Canadian producers.

The Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI), which is delivered through the regional industry councils that administer AAFC's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program, was developed to help meet this goal. Individual project funding is capped at $300,000 and at least 25 percent of the project cost must be provided by the industry, of which one third must come from producers.

Six innovative biofuels projects in Eastern and Central Ontario will receive BOPI funding totalling over $718,000 through the Agricultural Adaptation Council including:

- $169,500 to Kawartha Ethanol Incorporated to complete a business plan and site feasibility study with the goal of creating 80 million litres of ethanol a year from locally grown corn;

- $214,500 to Wehrmann Farms to develop a biodiesel demonstration project. Wehrmann Farms is a producer of organic grain and seed;

- $70,000 to Energrow for testing and improving small-scale vegetable oil production systems to provide farmers with a sustainable means of producing on-farm energy;

- $48,750 to Sunderland Co-op Incorporated to prepare a business plan for production of biodiesel using locally grown canola and soybeans;

- $206,000 to O'Connor Land and Cattle Company to develop a business plan to encourage producers to invest in a biodiesel plant in the Durham area; and,

- $9,450 to Clearydale Farms to investigate using soybeans to produce biodiesel for farm machinery and to generate electricity for the farm.

Opportunities for greater involvement in biofuels production facilities allow agricultural producers to become participants in the value chain and increase their share of the benefits from renewable fuels production beyond delivering feedstock.

For more information on BOPI and the ACAAF program, please visit

For more information on the Agricultural Adaptation Council, please visit

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary
    Agricultural Adaptation Council
    Angela Stiles
    Executive Director