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Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT)

Funding Opportunity – open

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program is accepting applications for two separate funding opportunities: Capital investment projects and Studies projects.

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

Eligible firms of all sizes across Canada's forest sector are encouraged to apply.

Capital investment projects

Capital funding to support transformational projects by forest sector firms to diversify into new product streams and implement innovative process improvements to ensure industry competitiveness.

Deadline for expressions of interest (EOI): Thursday, August 13, 2020, 5:00 pm EDT

Download a PDF of our Applicant Handbook - Stream 1: Capital Investment projects from the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Publications database.

Studies projects

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.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until all funds have been allocated.

Download a PDF of our Applicant Handbook - Stream 2: Studies from the CFS Publications database.

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program facilitates the adoption of transformative technologies, products, and processes by bridging the gap between development and commercialization. The IFIT program aims to create a more competitive and resilient forest sector with a focus on low-carbon projects that result in new or diversified revenue streams.

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.

Diversity and Inclusion

Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service (CFS) recognizes the need to identify representation gaps and improve workforce diversity in the forest sector.

Applicants will be asked if they have Diversity and Inclusion Plans that describe their approach to achieving gender balance and diversity in their operations. If selected for funding consideration, applicants will submit their plan and commit to reporting regularly on progress, including available statistics on diversity in their workforce.

IFIT-funded projects

IFIT-funded projects help diversify the forest product market through high-value bioproducts like bioenergy, biomaterials, biochemicals and next generation building products.

Many IFIT-funded projects are first-in-kind technologies worth replicating. IFIT replicability fact sheets summarize the findings for each technology, including technology maturity, ease of implementation, market opportunities and social benefits.

Please consult the IFIT Performance Report (2010-2014) and IFIT Performance Report (2015-2016) for detailed results.

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.

The program was renewed in 2020, 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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