Canada invests $11.2 million to support bioproducts development

By Erin Voegele | May 03, 2019

The Canadian government announced April 25 a federal investment of up to $11.2 million to the Bioproducts Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in an effort to help provide opportunities for farmers and grow the clean economy.

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the cluster will include an additional $10.9 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of $22.1 million. It will be led by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a not-for-profit business accelerator based in Sarnia-Ontario.  

The government said the cluster will support research to develop new applications for farm crops and residues. This includes the development of biochemcials, biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials. The goal is to provide alternatives to non-renewable based materials that will help meet Canada’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Canadian Agriculture Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. The Bioproducts Cluster is funded through the AgriScience Program, a five-year, $388 million initiative under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada said one of the projects supported by the cluster is under development by Ecosynthetix, which will be awarded up to $2 million to support the development of new green resins for adhesive binders in wood products.