Canadian Wood Fibre Centre

Who we are

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is a branch of the Natural Resources Canada–Canadian Forest Service (NRCan-CFS), with employees located across the country. Part of the CWFC’s mandate is to provide wood fibre research expertise to FPInnovations, a leader in the forest research sector.

Linking the three organizations – CWFC, CFS and FPInnovations – this way brings the federal government’s priorities together with the Canadian forest sector’s research needs. Within this structure, the CWFC’s goal is to develop targeted, effective and environmentally responsible solutions to challenges faced by Canada’s forest sector industries.

Our projects

A major focus for CWFC staff is work identified by FPInnovations under the Resource Assessment Program, where research is underway in two areas:

  1. Resource characterization: Enhanced forest inventory systems (current forests)
    Resource characterization research focuses 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.

    Collaboration with provincial governments, academia, consultants and forest companies ensures that funds are used to maximum advantage and aimed at finding practical solutions to important forest sector needs. Research activities underway include: developing tools to enable the semi-automated identification of tree species; improving the resolution of enhanced forest inventories; developing predictive productivity models; improving our understanding of wood fibre characteristics; and characterizing woody residuals for economical harvest, conversion and utilization.

  2. Resource production: Innovative technologies for producing wood fibre with desirable attributes (future forests)
    Resource production research focuses on developing and implementing innovative technology to help produce an improved supply of wood with desirable fibre attributes. Research is underway in three main areas: 1) developing forest genomics tools to identify genetic markers; 2) developing and refining conifer somatic embryogenesis systems and their use in multi-varietal forestry; and 3) developing tools and management regimes for short-rotation woody crops. This research area relies on strong collaboration with provincial governments and the industrial sector to ensure effective and rapid uptake of innovations while using all funds to maximum advantage.

    Examples of current research initiatives include:

Our link to the Forest Innovation Program

The CWFC’s work is directly supported by the Forest Innovation Program (FIP), which was established to advance 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.

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP)–Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is inviting applications for the funding of research projects that address the objectives of the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC).

Submit a completed application to CWFC's project mailbox. If you experience any difficulties when using this mailbox, please send your application form and questions to Ann Marie Hussar-Lucas.

Questions and answers about the application process

The application mentions “letters of support” (section 2.3). How many letters are needed?

No letters are needed and there is no prescribed number of letters. This means that proposals will not be summarily rejected for a lack of supporting letters.

However, in determining the strength and applicability of research projects within proposals, any recommendations contained in letters of support will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications.

How long should the letters be?

Letters of support need not be longer than a page in length.

What information should the letters of support contain?

Letters are intended to reflect the relevance of the proposed work to the goals and objectives of the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre as well as ensuring that they respond to existing needs of end-users or stakeholders. They should also express confidence in the ability of the proponent to perform to proposed work.

This information will, in turn, be used to evaluate the benefit of proposed research projects such that the evaluators should be able to determine easily – between the application and the letters together – what benefit this project is expected to bring, to what audience, and whether this benefit will obtain uptake within the forest sector.

We work closely with FPInnovations and the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre. Can we ask them for letters of support?

There are no restrictions on who can provide letters of support. Letters of support from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and FPInnovations will be considered as any other stakeholder.

Can I attach a detailed proposal to my application? If I do not need to attach it now, can I do so at a future date?

The only information that is required, and against which projects will be evaluated, is that which is requested in the application. Attaching a detailed proposal is not advised; the information included may not be evaluated.

If a detailed proposal for the work has already been drafted, it would be advisable to transfer that information to the application, as much as is appropriate.

Your website has a deadline date of April 11, but my application says the deadline is March 28. Can I still submit an application?

The initial deadline for the program was March 28th. By request, it was extended to April 11th. Some documents may contain the old date and this can be disregarded. We will now accept proposals until April 11.

Proponents who submitted documents prior to the initial deadline may resubmit their proposals, if desired, up until April 11 without penalty.

If the application process has been extended, how will this affect the start and end dates of the project?

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre anticipates having selections made by the end of April. We realize that this is a tight timeline given the working season, and so we will endeavour to get everything turned around as quickly as possible.