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NRCan to provide up to $30M for COVID-19 safety measures in forest sector


July 13, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Natural Resources Canada is providing up to $30 million to offset additional costs associated with COVID-19 safety measures for small and medium enterprises in the forest sector.

Seamus O’Regan, minister of natural resources, made the announcement Jul. 10.

The government intends to work with the provinces and territories to deliver this funding, which will preserve jobs for forest sector workers, including approximately 7,000 tree planters this year.

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More specifically, the investment will help cover extra costs for things like sanitizing stations, additional accommodations and/or transportation, facilities and services to maintain social distancing, and personal protective equipment.

In addition, the funding will help support the scheduled planting of 600 million trees.

The government plans to plant two billion trees incrementally over the next 10 years, which are part of the country’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.