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Natural Resources Canada
2011/102
October 13, 2011

HARPER GOVERNMENT SECURES JOBS THROUGH FOREST SECTOR INNOVATION AND RENEWAL


SAINTE-FOY, QUEBEC — Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced investments totalling $30.7 million in six forest companies across Quebec to benefit the regional economy and advance the transformation of the province’s forest industry.

 “Our Government's top priority remains the economy,” said Senator Fortin-Duplessis. “We continue to invest in communities and in initiatives that will make Canadian forest products even more attractive in the global marketplace. With the economic recovery still fragile, we will continue to take action to protect and create important forest sector jobs across Canada.”

These investments are improving the environmental performance and economic competitiveness of Canada’s forest sector through innovation and new product development. This will expand market opportunities for traditional and novel Canadian wood and pulp and paper products, while helping to sustain more than 1700 jobs in Quebec.

“By investing in our forest companies, we are helping to protect local jobs,” added Senator Fortin-Duplessis. “New technologies are helping mills create innovative products and reduce their environmental footprint. These are important steps to ensuring the long-term viability of the forest industry.”

Continued support for broader forest sector transformation was provided in The Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, which provides $60 million over one year to renew programs that focus on forest sector innovation and market development including a $25.5-million investment that was recently announced for the Transformative Technologies Research Program.

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Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessisannounced today that the Government of Canada is investing $30.7 million to help transform the Canadian forest sector. Six forest companies across Quebec are receiving this funding to enhance their environmental performance and economic competitiveness of Canada’s forest sector by focusing on innovation and market development.

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  1. Harper Government Secures Jobs Through Forest Sector Innovation and Renewal

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