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September 24, 2012

Papineauville, QC – Today, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, highlighted an important example of how our Government is supporting job creation, innovation and energy efficiency in the forest industry during a visit to Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring.

Minister Oliver also announced a federal investment of $2.6 million for Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring, which employs 120 people, to modernize its production process to better serve its clients.

“Canada’s forest industry is not only part of our heritage, but an important contributor to our economy and long term prosperity,” said Minister Oliver. “During National Forest Week, we reflect on the historic role of Canada’s forests, and how innovation and energy efficiency will play a role in the future of the industry.”

Following a tour of the facility, Minister Oliver announced details of the Government’s new investment of $105 million over the next two years as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. This latest phase of strategic investments and new support will help increase the capacity of Canadian-based companies to innovate and market their products in key markets such as Asia and Europe.

“Our Government is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting job creation, innovation and economic growth. Our efforts have resulted in a 1000 percent increase in the value of Canadian softwood lumber exports to China between 2007 and 2011,” said Minister Oliver. “This latest phase of our strategic approach will help provide our forest industry with the necessary tools to create Canadian jobs by marketing their goods at home and abroad.”

Minister Oliver also highlighted positive outcomes of the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. Minister Oliver spoke about the results of projects funded under the program — the largest Government of Canada investment in the forest industry in our country’s history. Through federal contributions to the forest industry, the Government is supporting jobs and helping innovation and energy efficiency.

“Our contribution to increasing the environmental performance of our pulp and paper mills represents the single largest commitment to the Canadian forest sector in our country’s history,” said Minister Oliver. “While supporting 14 000 Canadian jobs, this targeted investment has resulted in strengthening innovation and energy efficiency.”

The $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program has created a sustainable foundation from which our industry can embark on the next phase of its transformation announced in Economic Action Plan 2012. Minister Oliver reaffirmed the federal commitment to working with Canada’s forest industry, provinces and other partners through Canada’s Economic Action Plan to address the needs of the marketplace.

For more information about federal support for Canada’s forest sector, please visit: canadaforests.nrcan.gc.ca

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