Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, has announced $2 million for FPInnovations at the official opening of its world-class, thermo-mechanical-pulp bio-refinery (TMP-Bio) plant in Thunder Bay. This investment builds on the $5.8 million previously provided by Canada for the pilot facility to accelerate the development, production, and commercialization of green bio-chemicals derived from sustainably sourced Canadian wood.

The additional funding, provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Growth Program, will support the development of the process by which FPInnovations converts wood sugars to biomaterials, which will help create a viable wood-to-chemicals industry that can help diversify the forest-based economy in rural communities.

The global shift toward a cleaner, greener economy is the opportunity of a lifetime. From May 27 to 29, 2019, Canada will welcome over 25 countries to this year’s Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation Ministerial to discuss a future that is cleaner, brighter and more prosperous for generations to come. Canada will showcase its leadership in cleantech innovation, champion the issue of gender equality, youth and Indigenous peoples in clean energy and promote Canada as an investment destination.

“Our government supports Canada’s forest sector in its efforts to innovate and grow while helping diversify markets and create jobs in rural communities. FPInnovations continues to transform the industry by demonstrating results through the development of bio-products that are helping us achieve a clean energy future,” said Don Rusnak, member of parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River

“FPInnovations welcomes Natural Resources Canada’s support for clean innovation in the Canadian forest sector. This investment demonstrates the enormous potential of our forest sector and paves the way for a stronger bio-economy. In collaboration with our partners, we will demonstrate the strength of our industry in finding environmental solutions that will benefit future generations,” Stéphane Renou, president and CEO of FPInnovations.

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