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Federal government deems forest products sector ‘essential’ during crisis


April 3, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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The federal government has deemed Canada’s forest products sector as an essential industry during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The announcement was made Apr. 2 after several provinces issued their own designations over the past week.

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) issued a statement on Mar. 25 urging the Canadian government to recognize the forestry sector as essential on a federal level.

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Derek Nighbor, president of FPAC, says his organization supports the federal directive. “Our sector’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees,” he says in a statement.

“I want to thank forest sector workers in our head and regional offices, at our woodlands operations, mills, factories, storage facilities, and all points in between who have stepped up under challenging circumstances to keep our supply chain moving.

“I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our value chain partners – from forestry contractors to truck drivers, railroaders, further manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers.

“Without you, essential products that Canadians need from building materials, pellets and biofuels for heating systems, pulp for masks and hospital gowns, as well as toilet paper, paper towels, and sanitary wipes would simply not be available.”