Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

July 29, 2014 12:15 ET

Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan Invest in Forestry Sector to Help Saskatchewan Companies Increase Market Access

PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - July 29, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment for Forest Management, on behalf of the Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy announced a combined investment of $1.1 million to the Prince Albert Model Forest Association (PAMF).

With the assistance of its delivery partner, FPInnovations, PAMF will provide guidance to Northern Saskatchewan forestry companies, particularly First Nations- and Métis-owned companies, to improve management and business practices, revise their product lines and increase marketing activities to be ready to enter new international export markets.
Northern Saskatchewan's forestry companies will also receive customized technical support to produce higher-value products that will result in increased domestic and international sales. FPInnovations will also provide support to companies to professionally market their products at international tradeshows.

This investment will help build capacity and productivity in the Northern Saskatchewan forestry sector to help companies take advantage of strong export markets.

Quick Facts

  • 23% of Saskatchewan's land mass is covered by commercial forest.
  • Saskatchewan's forest sector generates more than $1 billion in sales annually and creates approximately 5,000 direct jobs, in normal market conditions.
  • Forestry is Northern Saskatchewan's second largest economic driver. First Nations and Métis people comprise over 15% of the workforce - the largest percentage of Aboriginal forestry employees in Canada.

Quotes

"Our Government is committed to expanding export markets for Saskatchewan and Canadian forestry products. This project will help achieve that goal, while strengthening the competitiveness of Saskatchewan SMEs, as well as creating long-term employment and economic development opportunities for First Nations and Métis peoples."

  • Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"Forestry is a key contributor to this province's economy and to First Nations and Métis employment and entrepreneurship. With seven mills now online in Saskatchewan, the time is right for the industry to start diversifying to meet global demand for new forestry products. This investment will help our northern businesses tap into emerging markets, create jobs and promote sustainable economic growth."

  • Fred Bradshaw, Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Environment for Forest Management, on behalf of the Honourable Bill Boyd, Minister of the Economy, Government of Saskatchewan

"The Prince Albert Model Forest is all about helping communities build sustainability through programs such as this and as a non-profit partnership association we absolutely depend on external funding to achieve that. We are pleased that Western Economic Diversification Canada has provided this opportunity for us to work together with FPInnovations and other partners to support this initiative."

  • Mark Johnston, President of the Prince Albert Model Forest Association

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Deb Young
    Media Relations Manager
    Government of Saskatchewan
    306-787-6315
    deb.young@gov.sk.ca

    Mark Johnston
    President, Board of Directors
    Prince Albert Model Forest Association
    306-953-8921
    johnston@src.sk.ca

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