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  • The Government of Canada recognizes that our forest sector is an important economic driver, providing high-paying jobs in rural communities.
  • Since 2006, this Government has invested more than $1.7 billion to support the forest industry during a period of great difficulty, and the Government continues to make strategic investments to support transformation. These investments include:
    • The $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program funded 98 projects in 38 communities, supporting more than 14,000 jobs. The Program has also reduced the total greenhouse gas emissions of the Canadian pulp and paper industry by more than 10 percent from 2009 levels and reduced energy costs by roughly $70 million a year. And by better using their byproducts of the pulping process, Canada’s renewable power production from forest fibre has increased by 14 percent, adding another $149 million in revenues.
    • The $100-million Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program is helping to demonstrate and deploy advanced technologies that will see more diversified, higher-value forest products (bioenergy, innovative wood products, biochemicals).
    • The $127-million Forest Innovation Program supports research, development and technology transfer activities that contribute to the sector’s ongoing transformation through the adoption of emerging technologies.
    • The Market Opportunities Program is investing $70 million to increase opportunities in offshore markets and in the North American non-residential and mid-rise market segments. Funding is provided to forest product associations for a wide variety of activities: branding; demonstrating Canadian wood-frame construction techniques; providing technical support for market access and regulatory issues, quality assurance, and technology development and information services; and promoting Canada’s record on sustainable forest management.
  • This government extended the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) until 2015. The Agreement is helping maintain stable and predictable trading relations with the USA, which helps Canadian enterprises and forestry workers. The SLA also returned over $5 billion to Canadian exporters and protects the ability of provinces to manage their forest resources. Canadian industry stakeholders and provinces overwhelmingly supported an extension of the SLA.
  • Canada is committed to sustainably managing its forests and safeguarding the diverse set of values Canadians place on forests.
  • Through science, Natural Resources Canada supports and promotes sustainable forest management and reports domestically and internationally on Canada’s environmental performance.
  • More than 31 million hectares (eight percent) of forest and other wooded land in Canada are within protected areas.
  • As of December 2012, Canada had close to 150 million hectares of forest land certified as being sustainably managed by one or more of three globally recognized certification systems — more than anywhere else in the world. Independent, third-party certification demonstrates the integrity of forest management practices.
  • Canada’s forest policies and regulations require that all forests harvested on Canada's public land be successfully regenerated.
  • Less than 0.2 percent of Canada’s forests are harvested annually.
  • Canada has established an extensive and rigorous system of forest governance and has an international reputation as a trusted source of legally and sustainably obtained forest products.
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