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Natural Resources Canada
2011/101
October 13, 2011

HARPER GOVERNMENT SECURES JOBS THROUGH FOREST SECTOR INNOVATION AND RENEWAL


THE PAS, MANITOBA — Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced investments totalling $2.5 million in Tolko Industries Ltd. to benefit the regional economy and advance transformation in Manitoba’s forest industry.

 “Our Government's top priority remains the economy,” said MP Sopuck. “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 including 268 jobs in Manitoba.

“By investing in our forest companies, we are helping to protect local jobs,” added MP Sopuck. “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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Member of Parliament for Dauphin–Swan River–Marquette, Robert Sopuck, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $2.5 million to help transform the Canadian forest sector. Tolko Industries Ltd. in The Pas, Manitoba, is receiving this funding to enhance its 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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