Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

February 01, 2010 14:09 ET

Statement by the Honourable Christian Paradis, P.C., M.P. Minister of Natural Resources

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - Diversification is the key to a prosperous future for Canada's forest sector. Particularly, the development of biomarkets offers a wealth of possibilities. The forest sector of tomorrow will produce everything from solvents and plastics to heat and fuel.

Since 2006, our Government has been making significant investments to help transform Canada's forest sector. As a key collaborator in the BioPathways research project, we are helping drive the future of the forest sector by developing new, Canadian biotechnologies. In this way, our Government is looking to tomorrow's markets today.

The $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is helping companies become leaders in the production of renewable energy from forest biomass.

With a $292.5-million investment, $170 million of which came through Canada's Economic Action Plan, we are expanding new domestic and international markets, advancing innovation and helping FPInnovations develop the next breakthrough technologies.

Our Government is working with partners such as the Forest Products Association of Canada and FPInnovations to build a world-class industry that is a driver of growth and a leader in the clean energy economy of tomorrow.

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