News Release Article from  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Governments Support Projects and Research Using Biomass Energy

January 18, 2016 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The Canada and Manitoba governments are providing up to $500,000 for 12 projects that will increase the use and development of biomass fuels, Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural, Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

Biomass refers to biological or renewable materials from agriculture, marine, or forestry resources. Common biomass fuel sources in Manitoba are flax shives, sunflower hulls and waste wood. The Manitoba Biomass Energy Support Program (MBESP) was established in 2011 to support current coal users transitioning to renewable biomass fuels. In 2014, the program was expanded to also provide support for research and development activities targeted at advancing the processing and use of biomass fuels. MBESP also supports processors looking to sell biomass in new markets.

Examples of approved projects this year include:

  • Converting a coal-fired central heating system to a new, biomass boiler in Willow Creek Colony, near Cartwright.
  • Funding for new equipment allowing Southeast Pallet and Wood Products in Blumenort to double their annual biomass processing capacity.
  • Replacing an existing coal boiler with a new biomass heating system in Carman.
  • Improvements to on-site storage of finished biomass fuels to Spruce Products Ltd. in Swan River.

This program is funded in part through the Manitoba Coal Tax which requires coal users to pay an emissions tax at a per tonne rate, depending on the type of coal they use. Since the program began, MBESP has provided approximately $2 million for projects that have reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by over 10,000 tonnes annually.

Additional funds for this project were issued as part of Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry. The federal and provincial governments are investing $176 million in Manitoba, helping producers and processors become more innovative and competitive in world markets.


"Making investments that promote the use and development of clean and sustainable technology and processes is a priority for the Government of Canada. Promoting the use of renewable biomass fuels also generates new economic opportunities for processors and producers."

- Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay

"There are renewable energy resources readily available for use as biomass energy sources. By increasing our capacity to make and use green energy we are reducing carbon emissions in Manitoba while promoting the growth of new industry."

- Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn

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