Canada's Commitment to Sustainability

In 2015, the United Nations set 17 sustainable development goals for food and agriculture to achieve by 2030. These goals are the world’s blueprint for achieving a better, more sustainable future for our planet. These steps included an overall reduction target for Canada’s carbon footprint.

Canada’s Climate Plan: In 2020, the federal government amended the 2016 Climate Action Plan to ensure that Canada’s commitment exceeds the 2030 emissions reduction goal. A new effort has begun, the goal is to have net-zero emissions by 2050. This ensures Canada is a global leader in the fight against climate change.

Canada’s clean agriculture and food sector has been making great strides in reducing carbon intensity of Canada’s food production. In 2018 Canadian agriculture generated 50% fewer greenhouse gas emissions for every dollar of GDP generated compared to 1997. As agriculture and food are main drivers of the Canadian economy, climate change mitigation strategies are at the forefront and will continue to drive innovation in Canada.

Canada's Climate Action ToolKit

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Bioenterprise is Advancing Sustainable Agriculture​

Bioenterprise Canada incorporates Canada’s climate action plan and net-zero goals into its national strategy by creating conditions to attract and support novel agri-innovations through fostering an innovation network and delivering programs that support sustainable solutions. We also educate and prompt public discourse through contributions to the global discussion surrounding climate action.

We take direct action to reduce Canada’s overall carbon footprint and integrate new innovations focused on clean and sustainable operations.

Accelerating Sustainable Innovation

Advancing the Bioeconomy by offering individiualized commercialization services to innovative food and agri-tech companies to progress sustainable solutions from ideation to commercial success on a national scale.

Targeted Program Delivery

Delivering programs to attract and support the development and commercialization of novel sustainable products and clean technologies in Canada's food processing and primary agriculture sectors.

Advancing Collaboration & Connectivity

Creating conditions for sustainable agri-innovations to succeed and compete on a national scale by bringing together world-class research institutions, accelerators, and industry experts committed to driving innovation across Canada's food and agri-tech industry.

Public Discourse & Education

Recognizing and contributing to national and global discussions surrounding Canada's climate action strategy through education, knowledge mobilization, advocacy and participating in key national events.

Sustainable Innovations from Our Network

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Ground Up Eco Ventures

Based in Okotoks, Alberta, Ground Up Eco Ventures upcycles cafe and brewery ingredients to make super flours, baking mixes and sustainable oils. 

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Wittaya Aqua

A young Toronto-based software company focused on helping the aquaculture industry become more sustainable through data-driven analytics.

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Gaia Protein

Gaia Protein’s production process improves upon the natural efficiency of insects, a source of high quality protein with environmental advantages.

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Modelling studies have shown that climate change will have a negative impact on crop yields in most countries around the world. However, Canada will experience a net increase in crop yields under climate change. As a global leader in peacekeeping, we must carefully consider the impact of emission reductions on crop yields and balance a national emissions reduction strategy against our responsibility for contributing to global food security.

Denise Dewar, Innovation Advisor, Bioenterprise Canada