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The Sky’s the Limit Challenge

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What are aviation biofuels?

Aviation biofuels are just like regular jet fuel, but they’re made from biomass such as waste oils, oil crops, wood fibre or algae. This means they emit less pollution during production than traditional aviation fuel made from fossil fuel sources.

Right now, there is a limited supply of aviation biofuels — and they’re expensive — up to five times the cost of traditional jet fuel. We want to change that.

To cut pollution in the aviation industry, we need a sustainable, cost-competitive alternative that meets international standards. We believe Canadian ingenuity can help this idea take flight!

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Challenge details

Who can apply?

Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition
  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian academia
Cross-Canada Flight Competition
  • A biojet producer validly incorporated or registered in Canada

Key Dates

Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition
  • Call for proposals deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Four finalists announced: May 29, 2019
  • Final prize submission deadline: August 1, 2021
  • Final prize winner announced: March 30, 2022
Cross-Canada Flight Competition
  • Competition begins: March 1, 2019
  • Competition closes: January 1, 2021


Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition
  • Four top teams will win $2 million each to support their plan
  • The Grand Prize of $5 million will help the team with the best green aviation fuel commercialize their innovation
Cross-Canada Flight Competition
  • The first producer to meet all the criteria for their made-in-Canada biojet fuel will win $1 million