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Sub-activity 1.3.2

Forest-based Community Partnerships

Description

Weakened markets, increased global competition, and forest sector restructuring have led to mill closures, capacity reductions and job losses in forest-based communities across the country. As a result, communities are looking to diversify their economies by participating in a wide-variety of economic development opportunities arising from a transitioning forest sector. Through its Forest Communities Program and Aboriginal forestry project initiatives, Natural Resources Canada supports and facilitates community and regional-scale partnership projects and provides financial support to 11 forest-based community partnership organizations and to Aboriginal communities across Canada. The objective is to assist community partnership organizations in developing innovative knowledge products, tools and strategies so that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal forest-based communities may participate in and benefit from emerging economic opportunities. Projects contribute to capacity building and business development opportunities in areas such as biomass and bioenergy; non-timber forest products; local wood initiatives; and forest management.

Non-Financial Performance Information
Expected Result Performance Indicators Targets Status Results
Forest-based and Aboriginal communities have the knowledge needed to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities Number of new economic projects facilitated, brokered, and/or developed with NRCan knowledge and funding Upward trend from baseline year of 2008 by 31/03/2013 Baseline: 166 Forest communities programs (FCP) funded projects carried-out in 2008. To be provided in the corresponding DPR To be provided in the corresponding DPR
Increased investments by forest-based community partners relative to investments made by NRCan over the duration of the Forest Communities Program Ratio of program funds leveraged Contributions from funded forest community partners exceed NRCan's contribution by 2:1 by 31/03/2013 To be provided in the corresponding DPR To be provided in the corresponding DPR
Financial Performance Information ($ thousands)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending
8,690 8,690 To be provided in the corresponding DPR
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