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Backgrounder

Securing Jobs Through Forest Sector Innovation and Renewal


The Government of Canada is contributing to the transformation of the country’s forest sector. Federal programs are supporting important investments that improve the environmental performance of mills to help position the industry at the forefront of the clean energy economy.

As well, the Government is working with industry, provincial governments and other key stakeholders to help our forest industry take advantage of the growing bioeconomy where innovation and environmental performance are key.

Today, the Government of Canada is investing $88 million in forest companies across Canada through both the federal Transformative Technologies Pilot Scale Demonstration Program and the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.

The Transformative Technologies Pilot Scale Demonstration Program is helping forest sector companies build projects to implement emerging transformative technologies for eventual commercial applications. Funding provided by the $40-million program is delivered under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

A central part of the federal forest sector strategy, the $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is laying the groundwork for a greener and more sustainable forest sector — for today and for the future. The program is supporting projects that improve the environmental performance of mills and helping to position the industry at the forefront of the clean energy economy.

The success of these programs is complemented by other strategic Government of Canada investments in the forest sector. 

Promoting Forest Innovation and Investment

The key to a strong future for the forest sector is to promote innovation and entrepreneurial activity within a competitive business environment. The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canada’s forest sector take advantage of new market opportunities by researching innovative products that meet the needs of the marketplace.

As outlined in Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is providing $170 million over two years to improve the forest sector’s long-term competitiveness through renewed investments in market diversification and forest innovation. This funding includes $120 million to help promote forest innovation and investment and $50 million to expand market opportunities for Canadian forest products.

Other key Government of Canada initiatives in support of forest sector sustainability and renewal include the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program, a commitment of $100 million over four years to support the development and commercialization of advanced technologies in the forest sector.

In addition to its ongoing support of Canada’s forest industry, the Government of Canada has also put in place the $1-billion Community Adjustment Fund and the $1-billion Community Development Trust to help mitigate the short-term impacts of economic restructuring in communities hard hit by the recession.

For more details about the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program, visit http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/pulp-paper-green-transformation.

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

Richard Walker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

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Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/index-eng.php.