Biodiesel & Bioproducts

Policy Statement: The Canadian Canola Growers Association supports the development of effective policies that encourage the production and use of biodiesel and bio-products derived from Canadian canola.​

 High Quality Feedstock

​Biodiesel is a renewable substitute for petroleum diesel fuel that is produced from feedstocks such as canola oil.  Canola makes an excellent feedstock in the production of biodiesel because of its high oil content and low levels of saturated fat. Its unique oil profile produces a biodiesel with improved cold flow properties allowing it to perform better in cold temperatures. 

Recent studies have demonstrated biodiesel’s flawless use in diesel engines.  See the brochure and video.


 Canadian Biodiesel Mandate


​​The Government of Canada mandated the use of 2% biodiesel in most Canadian diesel and heating fuel by 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.

Ontario Provincial Biodiesel Mandate

Like many other provinces in Canada the Ontario government has proposed requiring the use of 2% biodiesel in all diesel fuel.  See CCGA's comments on the proposed legislation and the public consultation undertaken by Ontario's Environmental Registry.

Letter to the Editor

Biodiesel is a renewable fuel that canola farmers and governments have continued to support for its many benefits to the environment and the rural community.  Read CCGA's Letter to the Editor responding to an article that painted a misleading picture of waning support for biofuels by farmers.

Proposed Biodiesel Amendments Submission

CCGA opposes proposed amendments to the Renewable Fuels Regulations that would a) e
xempt biodiesel from a mandatory 2% inclusion rate in heating oil, and b) extend an exemption from the 2% inclusion rate to the Maritimes. Read CCGA response.