Developed in partnership by the Union of Ontario Indians and the former Biomass Innovation Centre, the Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy (NO-BS) will leverage our sustainable forestry resources to trigger economic development and job growth, push innovation and entrepreneurship, and develop new domestic markets and international partnerships.
The Strategy was developed with extensive input as a result of numerous community engagement sessions throughout northern Ontario. We engaged municipalities, First Nations, SME's, industry, academia and other organizations to provide feedback on the Strategy's framework and share potential project ideas for the Strategy roll-out.
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The Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy aims to reduce policy and regulatory barriers to sustainable bioenergy projects, define a skills and training roadmap to transition our Ontario workforce into this growing sector, and develop demonstration projects in four strategic pillars – sustainable supply; bioenergy & biofuels; biocomposites & biochemicals; and traditional medicines & foods.
Biomass North and our partners will implement project types within four strategic pillars.
Pillar 1: Sustainable Supply
Pillar 2: Bioenergy and Biofuels
Pillar 3: Biocomposites & Biochemicals
Pillar 4: Traditional Medicines and Foods
As well as demonstrating biomass applications and concepts, the Strategy will address two platform elements that are critical to the growth of the Ontario bioeconomy.
Skills & Training Platform
Policy and Regulatory Platform
A successfully implemented Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy is anticipated to have widespread measurable benefits throughout northern Ontario, including:
The next phase of this process will be the prioritization and development of demonstration projects within the Strategy. Our objective is to scope and prioritize a minimum of eleven project types, develop project-specific working groups to implement these projects, and to work with these groups towards early planning and implementation of the proposed projects.
Contact us to participate in the Northern Ontario Bioeconomy Strategy.