May 14, 2024 – (Regina, SK) – Moosomin’s Community Builders Alliance has taken the first step towards becoming part of a growing Biomass Cluster in the Greater Regina Area.

The Cluster is expected to generate as much as $1.8 billion in economic activity by 2027.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CBA and Economic Development Regina aims to identify and advance key opportunities for value-added agriculture in the Greater Regina Area and southeast Saskatchewan.

The Moosomin area will receive direct and indirect benefits from this economic cooperation and collaboration. 

 

“Fostering our business community is one of our key pillars at the CBA. We know our region can provide the goods, services and skills required to help grow the biomass cluster. We’re looking forward to collaborating with our counterparts in Regina, so we can continue to build momentum and advance this sector,” says Tyler Thorn, President of the CBA. 

The GRA’s biomass strategy primarily focuses on the agriculture sector and includes crops and crop residue, including canola, wheat, and flax. Those products can be transformed into bioenergy (including renewable diesel, biodiesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and fuel pellets) or other biomaterials (including bioplastic, compostable packaging, pulp and paper, and biochar).

 

“Agriculture has immense opportunities ahead in both production and value-added agriculture. To fully capture this potential, collaboration is an essential ingredient. The Hebert Group and the Community Builders Alliance look forward to working together with EDR to identify key opportunities in southeast Saskatchewan and the GRA. These opportunities create projects that translate into increased investment, job creation and community services – all things that help our cities and rural communities, such as Moosomin, thrive,” says Kristjan Hebert, Vice President of the CBA and President of the Hebert Group.

“With a recent surge in alternative fuel opportunities, technological advances, and funding, there is no better time to capitalize on the emerging biomass sector in Regina,” EDR President & CEO Chris Lane said.  “We’re excited to bring together the right people to the right place at the right time to carry this opportunity forward.”

As part of the recent Bioeconomy Investment Forum, producers, government leaders, value-added businesses and investors gathered to to discuss Regina and southeastern Saskatchewan’s place in this massive emerging global sector. 

 

In partnership with Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) and Praxis Consulting, EDR has developed a market study for the biomass cluster. The study outlined a major opportunity for primary producers and value-added businesses alike. 

Key findings include:  

  • Access to feedstock: 15+ million tonnes of agriculture biomass within 200km annually
  • Access to markets: Multiple ports and more than 270 million consumers within 2 days drive
  • Key investments: $6+ billion in announced capital investments in the GRA
  • Economic impact: $1.8+ billion in economic activity by 2027
  • Job creation: 4,100 jobs, with a potential $240+ million in employment income by 2027 

The MOU between the Community Builders Alliance and Economic Development Regina was signed at the Bioeconomy Investment Forum. You can read the news release here