Forest Biomass Socio-Economic Impact Assessment

    Conducted by Suthey Holler Associates for Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

    Please note that Nextfor will not be leading any parts of this project, but instead will be utilizing as an information sharing platform on behalf of Suthey Holler Associates. All project information will be made accessible on this page.


    Growing interest in the Forest-based Bioeconomy (FBB) presents significant opportunities to further develop Ontario’s forest biomass resources (for heat and power, biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials). As part of the multi-year Ontario Biomass Action Plan the province is building a deeper understanding of the experience and future plans of northern, rural and Indigenous communities in using forest biomass. As such, Suthey Holler Associates is conducting a study for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), “Forest Biomass Socio-economic impact assessment”.

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    Opportunities to Participate

    • Workshops in four communities
    • Survey of community experience, plans and needs
    Survey of community experience, plans and needs

    The purpose of the Survey is to gather more information about the use of forest biomass in your community. Please answer the questions in the Survey to the best of your understanding but you do not need to know specific data for answering these questions. All the questions are multiple choice type. Please choose the best option as per your understanding. You can also add any comments under each question but this is not a requirement to move to the next question. Thank you for taking the time to complete the Survey.

    Complete the survey

    A link to the Workshop Schedule will be made available soon! Check back for updates.