Industry Canada

Industry Canada

October 14, 2005 13:30 ET

Ministers Jean-C. Lapierre and Jacques Saada Open New Wood Products Science Centre at Universite Laval

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 14, 2005) - The Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre, Minister of Transport and political lieutenant for Quebec - on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and on behalf of the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Natural Resources - and the Honourable Jacques Saada, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (CED), today opened a new state-of-the art wood products research centre at Universite Laval.

The Government of Canada will be providing $25 million in funding for the centre and for equipment and research through several departments and agencies, including Natural Resources Canada ($15 million), CED ($4.73 million), CFI ($4.1 million) and NSERC ($1.31 million). Research is being delivered through the Value-to-Wood Program, which draws upon the expertise of leading wood research organizations across the country, including Universite Laval, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Forintek Canada Corp.

The research conducted at Universite Laval is targeted toward developing new value-added products and processes to improve the competitiveness of the value-added wood industry.

"Continuing research into one of Canada's most established industries is essential to the well-being of our economy," said Minister Lapierre. "Forestry is an $80 billion industry and is one of our largest industrial sectors, accounting for 900 000 direct and indirect jobs and close to $45 billion in exports. A strong, competitive and sustainable forestry industry directly contributes to a high quality of life for Canadians."

"The forestry industry is an important contributor to the rural economy, supporting over 360 000 jobs in 300 forest-dependent communities in Quebec and across Canada," said Minister Saada. "The research conducted at Universite Laval will ensure Canada's competitiveness and enable these quality, high-paying jobs to remain in rural communities."

"The CFI is pleased to support important infrastructure projects, such as the new Wood Products Science Centre, that encompass our mandate to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians," said Carmen Charette, CFI Senior Vice-President.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
    Minister of Industry
    Christiane Fox
    (613) 995-9001
    Office of the Honourable Jean-C. Lapierre
    Minister of Transport
    Irene Marcheterre
    Director of Communications
    (613) 991-0700
    Université Laval
    Richard Fournier
    Director, Public Affairs
    (418) 656-7504
    Cell: (418) 572-2331
    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Douglas Lauriault
    Director, Public Affairs
    (613) 996-3193
    Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    Minister of the Economic Development
    Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
    Daniel Dezainde, Director of Communications
    (514) 496-1282