ecoENERGY for Biofuels (Voted)

General information

Name of transfer payment program ecoENERGY for Biofuels (Voted)
Start date April 1, 2008
End date March 31, 2017
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2009-10
Strategic Outcome 2 – Natural Resource Sectors and Consumers are Environmentally Responsible
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture 2.1 – Energy-Efficient Practices and Low-Carbon Energy Sources > 2.1.3 – Alternative Transportation Fuels
Description ecoENERGY for Biofuels supported the production of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel and encourages the development of a competitive domestic renewable fuels industry. The $1.48 billion, nine-year program provides an operating incentive to facilities that produce renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel in Canada, based on production and sales volumes. The program ended on March 31, 2017, having provided a total of $930 million in non-payable contributions to support the domestic biofuel industry.
Results achieved Over the 9 year timeframe, thanks to both Federal and provincial support, the domestic industry grew from 786.1 million litres of ethanol and 92.8 million litres of biodiesel, to 1,700 million litres of ethanol, and 430 million litres of biodiesel.
Comments on variances  Due to market conditions beyond of the Program’s control such as evolving biofuel policies in other jurisdictions, the actual amount spent was less than that originally allocated.

The amount of ethanol and biodiesel in 2016-17 produced with support from the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program was lower than previous years, because there were fewer producers in the final year, as many program participants had completed their 7-year incentive period by 2015-16.
Audits completed or planned No audits were completed in 2016-17. A joint internal audit and evaluation is planned for completion in 2017-18.
Evaluations completed or planned No evaluations were completed in 2016-17. A joint evaluation and internal audit of ecoENERGY for Biofuels is planned for completion in 2017-18.
Engagement of applicants and recipients The program engaged recipients through: regular calls on project process; monthly, semi-annual and annual financial and environmental reporting; progress of construction and commissioning reports; technical and environmental site visits; and recipient audits.

General targeted recipient groups include existing and new producers of renewable alternatives to gasoline and/or diesel in Canada that meet the criteria set out by the program.

Performance information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2014-15 Actual spending 2015–16 Actual spending 2016–17  Planned spending 2016–17 Total
authorities available for use
2016–17 Actual
spending (authorities used)
Variance (2016–17 actual minus 2016–17 planned)
Total grants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 93,942,654 14,904,234 25,120,000 23,870,000 3,654,458 (21,465,542)
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 93,942,654 14,904,234 25,120,000 23,870,000 3,654,458 (21,465,542)