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Federal Government Provides $80 Million For Forest Product Innovation

As part of a $170-million aid package for the forest products sector, $80 million will be directed toward emerging technologies through the Transformative Technologies program administered by FPInnova...


May 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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As part of a $170-million aid package for the forest products sector, $80 million will be directed toward emerging technologies through the Transformative Technologies program administered by FPInnovations.

“This investment is another solid step forward in helping the communities and workers who depend on the forest sector weather the current economic storm,” says Minister of State (Agriculture) Jean- Pierre Blackburn. “By targeting the marketing and innovation side of our forest industries, our government is not only helping this sector during these current challenges, but we are also giving this sector a stronger foundation for the future.”

The forestry component of the Conservatives’ economic action plan also provides $40 million to programs that help forestry companies market innovative products internationally, $10 million to support demonstrations of Canadian wood in construction, and $40 million for pilot-scale demonstrations of new products.

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Quebec’s forest industry association expressed disappointment with the Harper government’s efforts. Guy Chevrette, CEO of the Quebec Forest Industry Council (CIFQ) told a Quebec newspaper, Le Soleil, “It’s not money for marketing and research that we need in the short term. We need something that will save our businesses.”


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