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IFIT – Studies projects

Funding Opportunity – open

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program is accepting applications for funding to conduct studies linked to the advancement of innovation in the forest sector in support of a future capital investment or strategic shift by forest sector firms.

Find out who is eligible for funding and how to apply.

For more information, watch our video: IFIT Information Webinar for Applicants.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funds have been allocated. Funding is not guaranteed and is allocated through a review process.

Submissions to our capital investment projects funding opportunity is closed. Applicants are encouraged to apply under our next call for proposals expected in early 2021.

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program provides funding to conduct studies linked to the advancement of innovation in the forest sector in support of a future capital investment or strategic shift by forest sector firms.

Who is eligible for funding?

For-profit companies located in Canada, that

  • produce forest products in an existing forest product manufacturing facility (for example, pulp, paper or lumber mills) or
  • are / will be new entrants in the Canadian forest sector for the purpose of the proposed project

Clusters, joint ventures and consortiums are included if a for-profit company acts as the lead applicant and will be designated as the recipient of IFIT funding.

For more information, read about eligibility on our FAQ page.

How to apply for funding

  1. Download the PDF of our Applicant Handbook - Stream 2: Studies from the Canadian Forest Service Publications database
  2. Register for GCKey and create a client profile in Integro
  3. Submit your project’s proposal in Integro

Read more about studies projects on our FAQ page

Diversity and Inclusion

Natural Resources Canada recognizes the contributions of a diverse and inclusive workforce to the resilience and competitiveness of Canada’s forest sector.

As a first step to gaining a better understanding of diversity and inclusivity within the forest industry, the IFIT program will be introducing a new Diversity and Inclusion Plan requirement. To implement this new measure a phased approach will be used.

For proposals submitted prior to March 31, 2021, a Diversity and Inclusion plan is required only if selected for funding. For all proposals submitted on or after April 1, 2021, a Diversity and Inclusion plan will be required as part of the Full Project Proposal. For more information, please refer to Section 6 – Diversity and Inclusion Measures in our Applicant Handbook – Stream 2 Studies.

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History of the program

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program was launched in 2010, to address a critical need for capital investment in new technologies by providing funding to projects that speed up the adoption of innovative processes and technologies in the Canadian forest sector.

To-date, the program has funded 43 projects involving world-first technologies, producing a range of new bioproducts and generating new revenues for forest sector companies. These projects have secured an estimated +5,000 jobs in the forest sector and led to the creation of 500 new direct innovation-related jobs. Results show that for every dollar invested by the Government of Canada, other sources leveraged almost four dollars.

In 2020, the program was renewed with $82.9 million of funding to be distributed over three years. This continued commitment helps bring the next wave of innovative advancements to Canadian forest facilities, solidifying Canada’s position as a leader in forest sector transformation.

For more information, please email the IFIT team

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