Bioproducts Cluster secures Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding
In Canada, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions recently announced a federal investment of up to CA$11.2 million to the Bioproducts Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The cluster, led by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), will include an additional CA$10.9 million in contributions from industry, for a total investment of CA$22.1 million.
The Canadian bioeconomy is an exciting opportunity for farmers, and according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is generating more than CA$4 billion in sales each year. The Bioproducts Cluster will support cutting-edge research to develop new applications for farm crops and residues; from bioenergy to biochemicals, to industrial bioproducts.
Our Government is proud to support the growth of the agricultural bioeconomy and to provide added value to the agricultural sector by helping create more bio-based products and opening alternative markets for Canadian farmers. Supporting cutting-edge research and investing in this project will help reduce harmful emissions, provide new opportunities for farmers, drive good jobs and grow the clean economy, said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
The announcement by Ministers Bibeau and Gould were made on April 25 at Ecosynthetix facility in Burlington, Ontario. Ecosynthetix, a renewable chemicals company specializing in bio-based materials, is one of the projects that will be supported with an investment of up to CA$2 million to develop new green resins for adhesive binders in wood products.
Ecosynthetix is an important partner in Canada’s transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon economy. As a leader in biochemical innovation, they continue to provide opportunities for job growth and economic development here in southern Ontario, while creating new markets for Canada’s farmers, said Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions and Member of Parliament for Burlington.
The goal is to provide alternatives to non-renewable based materials that will help meet Canada’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and shift towards a renewable-based economy.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is pleased to receive support from the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to continue to support the development of emerging technologies and non-traditional sectors that provide benefit to Canadian farmers. The outcomes of the Bioproducts Cluster will lead to the development and further commercialization of technologies focusing on biochemicals, biomaterials, biofuels, and energy from the agriculture sector, as well as novel agricultural practices to assist in providing sustainable biomass feedstocks and co-products to these applications. These technologies provide added, and alternative value opportunities to the sector to complement existing value chains said A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC).