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Natural Resources Canada

January 06, 2011 15:30 ET

Harper Government Protects Jobs in Canada's Forest Sector

QUESNEL, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 6, 2011) - The Harper Government today announced a new investment to protect jobs in Canada's forest industry through the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. The announcement will benefit Cariboo's pulp mill in Quesnel, British Columbia, and was made by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport, and Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo–Prince George. 

"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 jobs in Canada, including the important forestry jobs in Quesnel."

As part of the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program, the Cariboo mill will receive $41.5 million to be used for upgrades that will help improve the mill's environmental performance — leading to a reduced reliance on natural gas and power consumption.

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 announcement is part of the Harper Government'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 Canadian pulp and paper related products.

"With today's announcement in Quesnel, our Government is continuing to implement our plan to support Canada's forest sector and the Canadians who depend on it," said M.P. Harris. "The Government's investments are continuing our action to expand market opportunities for Canadian forest products, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help 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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The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport, and Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo–Prince George, today announced that the Harper Government is investing $41.5 million in Cariboo's Quesnel, B.C., mill to help boost the forest industry's environmental performance and competitiveness. 

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

Protecting Jobs in Canada's Forest Sector

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