The Quebec government reiterated its support for the forest industry at an industry gathering Nov. 21, the Rendez-vous national de la forêt québécoise. Quebec premier Pauline Marois announced support programs valued at more than $320 million for the forest sector.
To modernize the industry and boost its competitiveness, the government is making available up to $320 million over three years for modernization projects.
On the subject of green chemistry, the provincial government proposes to invest almost $32 million. The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec will receive $3.1 million, and FPInnovations $1.75 million. Up to $27 million is available for three other projects in partnership with industry.
The government also announced new and continuing programs that support biomass-based electricity generation, and a pilot project related to winter loading of wood through the ministry of transportation to help reduce fibre costs.