Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program

The Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program collaborates with Indigenous partners across the province to promote community resilience amongst an increasingly competitive global forest sector.

The program offers funding that provides targeted support for Indigenous partners to lead the development of a forest bioeconomy.

Growing B.C.s forest bioeconomy will result in economic, social and environmental benefits for Indigenous communities.

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How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit a completed Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program application form (the “Application”), along with supporting documentation to IBIO.Mail@gov.bc.ca. The Application is available here: application form (docx, 258KB).

  • The Application is a fillable word document form and must be completed electronically. Please note that the response areas beside each question will accommodate additional space.
  • Once complete, please save the Application with the following file name format: Applicant Name, Program intake (e.g. ApplicantName_IFBP)

Note: Not every field needs to be filled in. Complete the application as much as possible or ask the team for further assistance at IBIO.Mail@gov.bc.ca.

Application Deadline

Our initial intake window closed on February 28th, 2022, however, we encourage interested parties to email us as funding may still be available for new applications on a rolling basis. The Application is available here: application form (docx, 258KB).

If you have an idea for a project you wish to discuss prior to applying, please review our application form (docx, 258KB)application guide (PDF, 368 KB), and get in touch with us at IBIO.Mail@gov.bc.ca. We are happy to discuss potential projects and answer any questions you may have about the program.

Program Objectives

B.C. supports the development of an Indigenous bioeconomy in line with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers’ (CCFM) Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada (PDF, 4.8MB) under the following objectives:

  • Grow the B.C. bioeconomy through innovation and partnerships;
  • Provide economic opportunities for Indigenous and rural communities in developing the forest bioeconomy to establish a broad range of partnerships and collaborations; and
  • Support Indigenous Peoples in economic development opportunities in the natural resources sector that reflect Indigenous interests and support self-determination.

Annual Reports

As the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program reaches more communities, the Indigenous Forestry Program Annual Report offers highlights from projects completed since its inception. These projects range from conventional forestry to advanced biomaterials, contributed to new jobs, potential jobs, and celebrate communities. See our most current Annual Reports below: