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 2018–2019 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, Friday, December 15, 2017, the CWFC will acknowledge the receipt of your application by December 22, 2017.

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.

Funded projects

The FIP has funded the following projects:


  • 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


  • Canadian Institute of Forestry – Enhancing forest sector innovations through national knowledge exchange
  • Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en foresterie de Sainte-Foy – Mapping of forest species using high-resolution spatial satellite and airborne LiDAR multispectral images
  • FPInnovations – Knowledge exchange for forest sector transformation
  • FPInnovations – Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based multi-temporal LiDAR for detailed stand characterization, tree attributes and growth monitoring
  • fRI Research – Making wood quality work: Creating tools to capture growth and fibre attribute knowledge to maximize the value of the wood fibre resource
  • Northern Hardwood Research Institute – Developing a GIS-based tool to classify forest sites according to their potential to produce high-quality hardwoods based on financial indicators
  • Northern Hardwood Research Institute – Planning tool for uneven-aged silviculture
  • Université Laval – Cost-benefit analyses of genomic selection in white spruce within the context of improvement programs in eastern Canada
  • Université de Sherbrooke – Characterization of the structure of individual trees using terrestrial LiDAR
  • University of British Columbia – Improving forest innovation in British Columbia and Canada through improved resource characterization
  • University of British Columbia – Validation of genomic selection models for lodgepole pine wood, growth and tree form traits using an independent dataset
  • University of Calgary – Molecular marker-assisted genetic selection of salt tolerant willow genotypes for use in reclamation of the oil sands mining region
  • University of Guelph – Quantifying C stocks in high-yield, short-rotation woody crop production systems for forest and bioenergy values and CO2 emission reduction
  • University of Northern British Columbia – A comparison of first and second rotation fibre characteristics in changing British Columbian climates
  • University of Northern British Columbia – Quantifying forest ecosystem composition and diversity using aerial LiDAR to enhance forest planning at stand and landscape scales