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The Canadian Bioproducts Industry, 2003 and 2006

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Box 1   Definitions as per the methodology of the Bioproducts Development Survey (2003) and the Bioproducts Development and Production Survey (2006)

Biomass: Biomass is renewable or sustainable feedstock/materials of agricultural (plant or animal), forestry, or marine/aquaculture origins or from municipal and/or industrial waste.

Bioproducts: Bioproducts are products other than food, feed and medicines that are made directly or indirectly from biomass. These products may be new or novel in nature or traditional products made of, or with, new or novel biomass.

Bioproduct firms: Bioproduct firms are firms that are developing or producing bioproducts using biomass or other renewable or sustainable feedstocks/materials. Firms selected from Statistics Canada's Business Register had revenues in excess of $250,000. Firms drawn from lists provided by external sources had a minimum of $100,000 in research and development expenditures and at least five employees. Excluded from the survey were not-for-profit organizations, universities, government laboratories, hospitals, and firms that provide only services, such as contract research organizations or consulting firms.

Firm size: Small firms (less than 50 employees); medium firms (50 to 149 employees); and large firms (more than 149 employees).

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