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Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Natural Resources Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is one of five federal research centres located across Canada dedicated to supporting the sustainable development of Canada's forests and a competitive forest sector through science. The Great Lakes Forestry Centre specializes in biological research related to trees and forest ecosystems in such areas as tree insects and diseases (forest pests), forest ecology and biodiversity, climate change and forest fires.

Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories

Created by an investment of $9.8 million under the Economic Action Plan, the Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories (IPQL) support the delivery of federal science-based regulatory responsibilities related to invasive species.

The only facility of its kind in Canada, the IPQL is dedicated to combating insect pests, both alien and domestic, that threaten Canada’s natural resources and ecosystems. The new federal facility will be used in support of Natural Resources Canada’s alien insect research, as well as by collaborating research organizations, such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR).

The laboratory is divided into two zones, including a domestic insect production/rearing area and a level 2 quarantine facility for working with invasive alien insect pests. The IPQL also houses the Invasive Species Centre, a not-for-profit organization established jointly by the governments of Canada and Ontario.

Invasive Species Centre

To date, the Government of Ontario has invested $6.5 million to support the establishment of the Invasive Species Centre. Approximately $1.6 million of this funding went to the construction of the facility, which has 16 offices and a board room. Ontario will continue to provide support for the annual operating costs of the centre. This project strengthens the level of cooperation between Natural Resource Canada’s Canadian Forest Service and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Upgrades to the Great Lakes Forestry Centre

The existing Great Lakes Forestry Centre insect quarantine facility and insect rearing facility has been upgraded to meet the requirements of the new invasive species Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories. The Government of Canada contributed an additional $4.4 million to upgrade the heating system and improve energy efficiency. Accessibility improvements were also made.

In total, the Government of Canada provided $14.2 million toward these projects under the Accelerated Infrastructure Program, which through Canada’s Economic Action Plan provided $250 million for the modernization of federal laboratories across the country. This program will result in improved science and technology capacity for Canada and contribute to better health, safety and security outcomes for Canadians.

For additional details on the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Media may contact: 

Carly Wolff
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
613-996-2007

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Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

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Maya Gorham
Office of the Minister
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
416-314-2198

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Media Desk
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Toronto
416-314-2106