Ontario’s Draft Forest Biomass Action Plan

ERO number
019-3514
Notice type
Policy
Posted by
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Notice stage
Proposal
Proposal posted
Comment period
May 6, 2021 - June 21, 2021 (47 days) Open
Last updated

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This consultation closes at 11:59 p.m. on:
June 21, 2021

Proposal summary

The Forest Biomass Action Plan is being developed and implemented to support economic development in Ontario by enhancing the use of underutilized forest resources (mill by-products and underutilized forest biofibre).

Why consultation isn't required

The draft Forest Biomass Action Plan is not environmentally significant and is considered a voluntary posting. There are policies and procedures in place to guide the sustainable use of these resources. Any required policy updates identified within the action plan would be addressed through separate, future Environmental Registry of Ontario postings.

Proposal details

Ontario’s Draft Forest Biomass Action Plan

Sustainable Growth: Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy is being implemented to sustainably grow the forest sector to create opportunity and prosperity for thousands of Ontario families, while encouraging innovation and investment in the industry.

As an outcome of the Forest Sector Strategy, Ontario is committed to putting a Forest Biomass Action Plan in place that secures jobs and encourages sustainability in the forestry sector, while supporting economic development through the use of mill by-products and forest biofibre. By supporting the use of forest biomass, specifically mill by-products and forest biofibre, this action plan will assist in achieving Forest Sector Strategy goals to the benefit of the province’s forest industry, heavy industries (e.g., steel, cement, lime), Indigenous communities/organizations, rural and remote communities and the Government of Ontario.

This draft action plan was developed in collaboration with a working group comprised of partners from across the forest biomass supply chain. Discussions with the working group revealed challenges and opportunities associated with the use of forest biomass in Ontario that are reflected in this draft.

Objectives

The draft Forest Biomass Action Plan identifies five objectives that will contribute towards the broader goals of job creation, economic development and a sustainable forest sector. Each objective is associated with a set of actions, 29 in total, that will be pursued over the five-year term of the action plan:

  • identify pathways to markets for forest biomass
  • support demand for forest bioenergy and bioproducts
  • improve the business and regulatory environments for the use of forest biomass
  • support holistic, culturally relevant pathways for Indigenous community involvement in forest biomass value chains to support reconciliation between Indigenous communities and the Crown
  • communicate, collaborate, and inform on forest biomass opportunities

Anticipated Results

Following the closing of this posting, feedback and comments will be collected and applied to the draft Forest Biomass Action Plan, where applicable, before finalizing the document. The feedback received from the public, Indigenous communities and forest industry stakeholders will help to create a well-informed, final action plan that considers varied perspectives.

Successfully finalizing and implementing the Forest Biomass Action Plan will play an important role in building a resilient forest sector that encourages innovative uses of forest biomass that contribute to the province’s environmental and economic objectives.

Public Consultation Opportunities

In addition to making the draft Forest Biomass Action Plan open for comments, emails and letters will be sent to Indigenous communities and representatives within or adjacent to the managed forest and Far North. The Ministry will engage with interested First Nations and Métis communities on key elements of the plan.

For more information or to view related documents regarding the draft Forest Biomass Action Plan please use the contact information posted below for assistance.

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Please reach out to the Contact listed in this notice to see if alternate arrangements can be made.

MNRF – FID – Forest Economics Section
Address

70 Foster Drive
Suite 400
Sault Ste Marie, ON
P6A 6V5
Canada

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MNRF – FID – Forest Economics Section
Address

70 Foster Drive
Suite 400
Sault Ste Marie, ON
P6A 6V5
Canada

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Contact

Karen Jackson

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Email address
Office
MNRF – FID – Forest Economics Section
Address

70 Foster Drive
Suite 400
Sault Ste Marie, ON
P6A 6V5
Canada

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