The Government of Canada mandated the use of 2% biodiesel in most Canadian diesel and heating fuel on July 1, 2011. The benefits to Canadians, the environment and the rural economy are substantial, potentially creating new jobs in rural areas and new demand for canola. The 2% mandate requires that approximately 600 million litres of biodiesel be blended with diesel fuel, which translates to 1 million tonnes of canola demand for Canadian farmers. Further information can be found here.
In 2013, amendments were proposed to the Renewable Fuels Regulation that would a) exempt biodiesel from a mandatory 2% inclusion rate in heating oil, and b) extend an exemption from the 2% inclusion rate to the Maritimes. CCGA opposed the amendments.
Ontario Provincial Biodiesel Mandate
Ontario implemented a renewable diesel mandate (“Greener Diesel”), which took effect April 1, 2014. CCGA provided input into the consultation phase with this submission.