Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

April 18, 2008 10:52 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Ontario's Biofuels Industry

PORT LAMBTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - The Government of Canada is building on its commitments to farmers and the environment by investing $619,117 in four projects that will help Ontario producers participate in the emerging biofuels industry. This announcement was made today by David Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

"I am proud to be here today to announce support for new biofuels projects here in Port Lambton, as well as Lucan, Seaforth and Parkhill," said Mr. Van Kesteren. "Investing in these biofuels projects is a win-win for Canadians. It ensures that our farmers can yield better profits and be more competitive today, and for generations to come, and it helps us make a real difference for the environment."

These projects include determining the feasibility of using non-traditional ingredients such as sweet sorghum and agricultural industry by-products to develop renewable fuels. They aim to boost alternative fuel production and harness new market opportunities for farmers.

"Biofuel production has generated a great deal of interest in the Canadian agricultural sector," said Kim Turnbull, Agricultural Adaptation Council Chair. "The Agricultural Adaptation Council was pleased to deliver the Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The initiative helped provide producers with the information they need to participate in the biofuels industry."

These Ontario biofuels projects, funded under the federal government's Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative, contribute to the profitability, competitiveness and overall success of the Canadian agriculture sector while also determining the potential of alternative fuel production in Ontario.

In addition, to jumpstart the development and production for the next generation of renewable fuels in Canada, the Government of Canada has provided $500 million to the NextGen Biofuels Fund™. It will assist farmers and rural communities in seizing new market opportunities through biofuels and bioproducts initiatives.

To support the development of Canada's biofuels industry, the federal government has committed to investing $2.2 billion over nine years.

BACKGROUNDER

BOPI Projects in Ontario

The Biofuels Opportunities for Producers Initiative (BOPI) is a two-year $20 million commitment by the Government of Canada designed to provide farmers and rural communities with opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, increased Canadian biofuel production.

BOPI is consistent with the government's commitment to regulate an increase in the average renewable content in all Canadian transportation fuel to five per cent by 2010 and intent to regulate a two per cent requirement for renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil by 2012.

The Government of Canada has announced four projects in Ontario that will contribute to a healthier environment in the province while creating new market opportunities for farmers. These projects include:

- $222,975 for Sweet Sorghum Initiative for Biofuels in Port Lambton, Ontario to study the feasibility of sweet sorghum as an alternative to traditional biofuel crops;

- $267,375 to Ag Bio Energy Park/Lynn Cattle Company Inc. in Lucan, Ontario to undertake a feasibility study to develop biodiesel as part of a broader bioenergy facility;

- $73,829 to Huron-Perth Biodiesel Feasibility/Huron Business Development Corporation in Seaforth, Ontario to determine which agricultural industry by-products in southwestern Ontario can be processed into a reliable feedstock for biodiesel production; and,

- $54,938 for On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Parkhill, Ontario to look at setting up an on-farm biodiesel production system utilizing feed grade oilseeds to produce biodiesel.

BOPI is delivered through the regional industry councils that administer Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program. In Ontario, the funding for these projects is administered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Margaux Stastny
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Agricultural Adaptation Council
    Nadine Armstrong
    Communications Manager
    519-822-7554