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Government Collaboration

BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) is a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) which is endowed with a five (5) year–operating grant of $25 million. The NCE Program is a program of the Government of Canada jointly administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with Industry Canada (To learn about BFN’s government policy advocacy role, please consult the same topic under BFN Services).

Policy is one of the most important tools to develop a successful and thriving biofuels sector. Canada’s federal and provincial governments have embraced policy tools including production incentives and mandated renewable fuel contents, and this has played a significant role in creating biodiesel and ethanol production capacity across the country. The current blending mandates include 5% ethanol in gasoline (E5) and 2% biodiesel in diesel fuel and heating distillate oil (B2).

As advanced biofuel technologies reach maturity, it is important to examine a range of policy tools – including additional mandates, production or consumer incentives, or carbon pricing – and to assess their potential to support the expansion and growth of Canada’s biofuel sector.

This is why BFN actively promotes the development of a strong advanced biofuels industry in Canada by providing support to policy, regulatory, and science & technology initiatives. In order to strengthen interactions and relationships with government, BFN is positioning itself as an essential participant in biofuel discussions with all levels of government, including local, provincial, federal and international contexts.

BFN’s Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability (SEES) theme actively conducts research in areas related to social challenges, in particular emissions and climate change, with keen awareness of legal and ethical considerations. This group regularly interacts with and provides data to BFN’s government liaison who represents BFN in government working groups and steering committees, as well as many other formal and informal interactions with policy makers.

BFN representation on government working groups and committees:

  • Chair of the Regulatory Working Group of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Growing Forward 2
  • Steering Committee of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Interdepartmental Working Group on the Bioeconomy
  • Steering Committee of Transport Canada’s Clean Transportation Initiative

BFN’s Policy Task Force is responsible for identifying policy approaches that might be of interest to Canadian governments, and for interfacing with government groups through public hearings, policy briefs, etc. in order to advise on the most effective and cost-efficient approaches to creating a positive policy environment for advanced Canadian biofuels. Participants include the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, the investment community, and stakeholders from government.

Number of BFN projects with government partnerships:

  • 24 Federal
  • 24 Provincial
  • 2 Foreign

Specific BFN funded projects have been also supported by both cash and in-kind contributions from various federal and provincial government agencies and institutes (see list below).

Current Collaborators

Federal Government: 

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)


Canadian Forest Service

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Environment Canada

Genome Canada

Natural Resources Canada

NRC-BRI (Biotechnology Research Institute of Montreal)

Statistics Canada

Transport Canada

Provincial Government:

Agence de l’efficacite énergétique – Gouvernement du Québec

Centre Collégial de Transfer Technologique de Trois-Rivières (Qc)/CIPC

Centre Collégial de Transfert Technologique de Montreal (Qc)/CEPROCQ

Centre Collégial de Transfert Technologique de Shawinigan (Qc)/CNETE

Centre for Forestry & Innovation,  Provincial Department of Natural Resources

CFSI / Natural Resources

Consortium de recherche et innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec / CRIBIQ

Manitoba Centres of Excellence Fund (MCEF)

Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE)

MRNF/Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la faune

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs [OMAFRA]

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

ORF (Ontario Research Council) / Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation

Saskatchewan  Innovation Council

Saskatchewan Ministry of Food & Agriculture

Centre de recherche sur les biotechnologies marines