Canadian province gets funding for biodiesel program

| 2/24/2006

The Canadian province of Manitoba is taking steps toward becoming greener.

The Manitoba Biodiesel Production Program recently received $1.5 million in funding and created a newly appointed Manitoba Biodiesel Board, according to a press release.

The funding comes from the Opportunities Envelop Program, which is administered by Natural Resources Canada.

The minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Rosann Wowchuck, said in the release that the money and the board would further help develop Manitoba’s biodiesel industry.

The Biodiesel Production Program is designed to promote the development of smaller, community-based biodiesel production facilities to supply local and regional markets.

The board will review applications and recommend projects to receive program funding and support.

The projects must be based in Manitoba and have an annual capacity of at least 2 million liters, or about 528,000 gallons.