Forest Innovation Program

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What is the Forest Innovation Program?

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP) supports research, development and technology transfer activities across Canada’s forest sector. Together, these activities are intended to help the sector pursue its ongoing transformation through the development and adoption of innovative science-based solutions.


Call for proposals is now closed

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is not accepting proposals for research, development and technology transfer activities funding for the 2019–2020 fiscal year under the Forest Innovation Program (FIP) at this time.

If you applied before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Thursday, December 20, 2018, the CWFC will acknowledge the receipt of your application by December 31, 2018.

Who is eligible?

  • Universities, colleges, and other academic institutions
  • Provinces and territories
  • For-profit enterprises that produce forest products and that have existing forest product manufacturing facilities (for example, pulp, paper, or lumber mills) located in Canada
  • For-profit enterprises that supply materials, products, or services to forest products enterprises defined above
  • Not-for-profit forest sector organizations
  • Not-for-profit research institutions (including FPInnovations)

History of the FIP, Transformative Technologies program and CWFC

Since 2007, the Government of Canada has been supporting initiatives that foster innovation and create new market opportunities for Canada’s forest sector. When the program first started, it was called the Transformative Technologies (TT) program, and in 2012 was renamed the FIP as it grew to encompass additional innovation initiatives like the CWFC.

Today, the TT is a component of the FIP. TT research is carried out by FPInnovations, Canada’s not-for-profit forest research institute.

The CWFC collaborates with FPInnovations and other key stakeholders to enhance the relevance of CFS work by aligning federal research and deployment expertise with the identified innovation-oriented needs of the forest sector.

In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced it would expand the FIP program with $63 million in funding over three years (starting in 2017-18). For more information, please visit the softwood lumber backgrounder.

CWFC-funded projects

The CWFC has funded the following projects:


  • Canadian Institute of Forestry – Effective knowledge exchange techniques to support and enhance forest sector innovation and research
  • Canadian Woodlands Forum – Integrating forest science and innovation in forestry operations through effective knowledge transfer
  • Centre d'expérimentation et de développement en forêt boréale – Monitoring of fibre quality within the context of the spruce budworm epidemic
  • Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal – Implementation of a processing pipeline for images captured by drone in the identification of tree species using deep learning techniques
  • Dalhousie University – High-Resolution digital soil mapping for managed forests using airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data
  • FPInnovations – Improvements to the Canadian forestry sector through the transfer of scientific knowledge
  • Grand Prairie Regional College – Enhancing data and modelling capability to advance commercialization of a short-rotation wood crop system for rural Canada
  • Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute – Evaluating storage practices for forestry residue by-products with or without supplemental heat
  • Université Laval – Development of partial cutting strategies to minimize windthrow losses
  • Université Laval – Evaluation of a decision-making tool based on the vulnerability of white spruce plantations to drought
  • Université Laval – Genomic selection for wood quality and spruce budworm resistance in the white spruce advanced-breeding program of New Brunswick
  • Université Laval – Modelling of microfibril angle of black spruce and jack pine wood based on climate variables
  • University of Alberta – Effects of pre-commercial thinning on dynamics and resilience of mixedwood stands
  • University of Alberta – Genomic tools for selection of western gall rust resistant pines
  • University of British Columbia – A toolbox facilitating the landscape level modeling of partial cuts and commercial thinning under climate change
  • University of British Columbia – Next generation tools for British Columbia forest inventory with focus on impact of disturbances on timber supply
  • University of British Columbia – Optimizing hem-fir resource transformation based on existing X-ray CT images
  • University of Northern British Columbia – Evaluating the impact of stand composition and inter-tree competition on fiber attributes of spruce and aspen grown in mixedwood stands
  • University of Toronto – Development of a decision support tool for optimizing quality changes in a "living" biomass pile


  • Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en foresterie de Sainte-Foy Development of silvicultural strategies for producing resilient and tolerant stands composed of red oak and white pine
  • Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en foresterie de Sainte-Foy – Object-oriented classification of hardwood species using high-resolution spatial satellite and airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) multispectral images
  • Centre de recherche en informatique de Montréal – Implementation of a workflow and web platform for the use of LiDAR data for enhanced forest inventories
  • Department of Energy and Resource Development, N.B. – Integration of genomic selection in the white spruce advanced-breeding program of New Brunswick
  • Forest Protection Limited – Early intervention strategy to suppress a spruce budworm outbreak
  • FPInnovations – Evaluating the feasibility and accuracy of extracting single tree attributes using mobile terrestrial LiDAR data in a complex, multi-cohort softwood forest
  • FPinnovations – Knowledge exchange for forest sector transformation
  • Institut de recherche en biologie végétale – Investigating the potential of willow biomass used to treat wastewaters for the production of biofuels and bioproducts
  • Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Tree Improvement Branch, B.C. - Evaluation of wood quality traits in coastal Douglas-fir as affected by genetics and silviculture
  • Université Laval – Analysis of blowdown losses in a sector of partial cutting
  • Université Laval – Modelling the effect of climatic variables on wood density in spruce
  • Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue – Multi-scale evaluation of wood fibre quality attributes
  • Université du Québec en Outaouais – Implementation of a silvicultural diagnostic procedure for enhancing the capacity for hardwood and pine stands to adapt to climate change
  • University of Alberta – Genomic selection in pines for western gall rust resistance
  • University of British Columbia – A value-driven framework to model the impact of commercial thinning on timber supply and climate change mitigation potential in British Columbia's interior forests
  • University of British Columbia – Technology transfer and “hands-on” knowledge exchange of LiDAR for next generation forest inventories
  • University of Northern British Columbia – Evaluating hardwood fibre attributes across ecological and latitudinal gradients in north central British Columbia
  • University of Toronto – New generation biomass feedstocks for biorefineries