Forest Innovation Program

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP) was established to support research, development and technology transfer activities in Canada’s forest sector. Together, these activities are intended to help the sector pursue its ongoing transformation through the adoption of emerging technologies ready for commercialization.

Funding for the Forest Innovation Program

Under Budget 2012, the federal government invested $105 million, over two years, to support Canada’s forest sector. The funding is targeted at fostering innovation and expanding market opportunities for the sector. Additional funding of $92 million, over two years, was announced under Budget 2013 to further support market diversification and forest sector innovation. This funding is available until March 31, 2016.

The FIP directly supports the Transformative Technologies Program and the work of the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC). The Transformative Technologies Program supports pre-commercial research and development and technology transfer for innovative technologies and processes in the forest sector. This research, which is delivered by FPInnovations, Canada’s not-for-profit forest research institute, is focused on four key areas:

  • next-generation building systems
  • bio-product development
  • integrated value maximization
  • innovation deployment

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre works with FPInnovations to increase the economic return of Canada’s forest resources by ensuring a coordinated, transformation-oriented approach to research and innovation along the entire forest value chain (i.e., from seedlings to value-added consumer products). The CWFC’s forest and wood fibre research is aimed at two core areas:

  • Resource characterization: research activities focused on developing forest inventory and evaluation tools and techniques that enable the main fibre attributes of Canada's forests to be more accurately quantified, assessed and understood
  • Resource production: research activities focused on developing and using genetics, genomics, biotech and silvicultural approaches to add value to future forests

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP)–Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is not currently accepting applications for funding.

The FIP combines the activities of the Transformative Technologies Program and the technology transfer activities aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises previously delivered under the Value to Wood Program.

For more information on the FIP, please contact NRCan’s Innovation and Industry Relations Unit by phone at 613-986-1533 or fax at 613-947-9035.

In the administration of funding contributions under the FIP, NRCan is committed to the following service standards:

  • Reviewing applications and informing applicants of funding decisions within 31calendar days of receiving a complete application.
  • Having signed contribution agreements in place within 60 days of advising applicants of funding decisions.
  • Having signed amendments in place within 60 calendar days of receiving an acceptable request.
  • Issuing payments within 31 calendar days of receiving a complete invoice.