Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

September 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Grants $230,160 in Funding to the Consortium en Foresterie Gaspesie-Les-Iles

GASPE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, today announced the awarding of $230,160 in non-repayable funding to the Consortium en foresterie Gaspésie–Les-Îles through the $100 million Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies (TISQFE).

"The Government of Canada is well aware of the role the forest industry plays in the development of numerous communities in Quebec and across Canada. That is why we have put a number of measures in place over the last two years, of which the TISQFE is one, to help forestry enterprises and forest-reliant communities overcome the major challenges of the day in order to secure their survival and long-term development," explained Minister Lebel.

"This project being carried out by the consortium is an important milestone for the sustainability of the region's forest resources and the diversification of the Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine economy," added the Minister of State. 

The mission of the Consortium en foresterie Gaspésie–Les-Îles is to build knowledge on the region's forests and transfer this knowledge to the forestry sector in an effort to ensure the sustainable development of this natural resource. The organization is thus undertaking a two-year project to develop optimization scenarios for forest resource management using adapted computer tools. Necessitating an investment of $397,800, this project will result in the creation of two new jobs.

The scenarios developed by the consortium will give Gaspésie communities effective methods for reconciling all of the various forest activities, from such current operations as the harvesting of ligneous materials, silvicultural work, forest resorts and so on to emerging uses like biomass harvesting, forest mushroom picking or the installation of wind turbines.

The Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies is a diversification support measure designed for communities affected by the crisis in the forest sector. Brought into force last June, its aim is to reinforce and increase economic activity in the targeted communities, promote the creation and maintenance of jobs and help small and medium-sized enterprises in these communities improve their performance.

This initiative is one of several the Government of Canada has put in place in recent months to counteract the effects of the forest crisis. Other measures include the allocation of $230 million over two years for silvicultural work and the restoration of bridges and culverts in Quebec; $170 million over two years for new product development and domestic and foreign market expansion; and $100 million over four years to support the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced clean energy technologies in the forest industry and the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program.

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