Agriculture & Industrial



September 18, 2019
BioDesign Website Launch

Since Canada’s National Bioeconomy Strategy was released in May 2019, the BioDesign Consortium (Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Forest Products Association of Canada, FPInnovations, BIOTECanada and BioNB) has been supporting the development and commercialization of new bio-based products and biomass-to-bioproducts tech that will transform Canada’s abundant and sustainable biomass resources.

The BioDesign website will be one of the driving forces behind information and collaboration between BioDesign and any other organization that wishes to partner with us. You will be able to get relevant and up to date news on the Canadian bioeconomy, find events across the country, sign up for our workshops, and make sure you and your organization don’t lag behind one of the biggest up and coming trends across the globe.

May 14, 2019
Canada’s Bioeconomy Strategy:
Leveraging our Strengths for a Sustainable Future

This report was produced by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, BIOTECanada, FPInnovations and Forest Products Association of Canada. Canada’s first national Bioeconomy Strategy reflects the views of more than 400 industry representative from across the country. With this Strategy, industry has addressed the ways in which Canada’s competitive advantages including access to biomass, global leadership in forestry and agriculture, sustainable resource management, and a skilled workforce, can make Canada a world leader.

Report – English
Report – Français

A survey of Canadian industrial bioproducts companies has revealed that a more intensive communications strategy is necessary to bring to light  successes and opportunities for investors in this emerging sector of the Canadian economy. Investment Readiness Survey of Canadian Bioproducts Companies.

2017 – BIOTECanada, the national industry association for biotechnology companies in Canada is pleased to have supported to the Canadian Industrial Bioproducts Industry Priorities Paper.

Did you know

  • Biotech crops increase yields
    Productivity in GM crops has delivered gains in some cases that are 7-20% higher than conventional varieties
  • Plant biologists are developing drought resistant seeds
  • Biotech science reduces waste by targeting pesticide use
  • GM foods are improving nutrition
  • Sustainable foods, value added products, biotech crops are addressing the global food crisis
  • Crop biotechnology helps farmers of all sizes, biotech science adapts to challenging environmental conditions including resistance to plant disease


The development of the proprietary crop Carinata is an innovation in agriculture research that will benefit farmers and the agricultural industry while bringing an alternative fuel to market that will reduce carbon emissions. It is not often there is an industry game changer that can benefit all along the value chain from the grower to the end user of the biofuel. Agrisoma, with farmers throughout Saskatchewan and their partners are reaching new heights with this crop turned biofuel. This team is bringing a green and sustainable fuel to the world.


There’s a perfect substitute for petrochemicals found in everyday products. BioAmber produces it responsibly, economically and at scale – these are chemicals inspired by nature. This next-generation chemicals company with a facility in Sarnia, Ontario integrates industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable plant materials into chemicals for use in a wide variety of everyday products including plastics, food additives and personal care products.


Healthier, more sustainable farming practices to secure food supply for Canadians and the world. A growing population signals a global challenge requiring we grow food more efficiently and with greater nutritional value. A strong agricultural sector coupled with biotech innovation will position Canada and Canadian farmers to take advantage of the global opportunity.
• Feeding the world’s growing population, projected to surpass 9 billion by 2050, requires farmers to produce 70% more food on less land than ever before.

  • 1 in every 8 Canadian jobs is related to agriculture – plant science technologies generate $7.9 billion in annual economic activity.
  • Innovation enables Canadian farmers to remain globally competitive with crops requiring less fertilizers, pesticides and water.