Forest-based Community Partnerships
Forest sector restructuring has led to mill closures, capacity reductions and job losses in forest-based communities across the country. However, the transitioning forest sector also represents opportunities for communities to participate in a wide-variety of economic development opportunities. Through its Forest Communities Program and the Aboriginal Forestry Initiative, NRCan 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, forest management, value-added wood products, and providing services to government and industry.
|Expected Result||Performance Indicators||Targets|
|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||15 new projects facilitated, brokered, and/or developed with NRCan knowledge and funding by March 31, 2014|
|Increased investments by forest-based community partners relative to investments made by NRCan over the duration of the Forest Communities Program||Investments from forest community, industry and government partners exceed investments by NRCan in the Forest Communities Program and Aboriginal Forestry Initiative||Contributions from funded forest community partners exceed NRCan's contribution by 2:1 by March 31, 2014|
|Planned Spending||Main Estimates|
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