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Natural Resources Canada

March 14, 2011 13:50 ET

Harper Government Invests in Canada's Forest Sector

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - The Government of Canada today announced a series of important investments across the country, totalling $88 million, to protect jobs in Canada's forest industry. The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport, and Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo–Alberni, were in Nanaimo today to announce that Nanaimo Forest Products' Harmac Pacific Mill will receive $9 million under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program for three capital improvement projects to substantially improve the environmental performance of the mill. 

"Our Government's top priority remains the economy," said Minister Lunn. "With the economic recovery still fragile, we will continue to take action to protect and create jobs in Canada, including the important forestry jobs in Nanaimo."

"As a company, we have nothing but good things to say about the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program," said Levi Sampson, Director and President of Harmac Pulp Operations. "The program has allowed us to become more productive and efficient. Further to that, we have become more environmentally friendly — something that's not only important us but also to the community we operate in."

Despite signs of recovery in some segments of the forest sector, there remains a need to find new and more efficient ways of using wood, wood fibre and its byproducts. Today's project announcement is expected to save over 25,000 gigajoules of energy per year — enough to power approximately 600 homes. This initiative is part of the Government of Canada's plan to improve the environmental performance and competitiveness of Canada's forest industry by focusing on innovation and new product development that will ultimately expand market opportunities for both traditional and novel Canadian wood, pulp and paper products."

"With this investment in Nanaimo, our Government is continuing to implement our plan that supports the transformation of Canada's forest sector for the benefit of all Canadians," said MP Lunney. "Our investments are supporting expansion of market opportunities for Canadian forest products, reducing our environmental footprint, improving the competitiveness of the forest industry and helping protect the jobs of the families who depend on our forest sector for their livelihood."

Today's announcement builds on the success of many initiatives that are helping to sustain and enhance Canada's forest industry and the communities that depend on it. Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth established the $100-million Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program to promote the development, commercialization and implementation of advanced technologies in the forest sector — helping create a world-class industry able to compete in the clean energy economy of tomorrow.

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Minister of State Gary Lunn and MP James Lunney announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $9 million in Nanaimo Forest Products' Harmac Pacific Mill in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to help transform the Canadian forest industry while enhancing environmental performance and competitiveness.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Securing Jobs Through Forest Sector Innovation and Renewal

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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