Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

May 08, 2009 17:45 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada Invests in Upgrading Federal Laboratories in Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced more than $2.2 million in funding, over the next two years, to modernize the Laurentian Forestry Centre Laboratory.

In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million over the next two years to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.

"This program is addressing important maintenance issues in our laboratories and will quickly bring economic stimulus to this region," said Minister Verner. "This funding will provide jobs for workers ranging from repairing greenhouses to replacing doors and plumbing and removing mould. With this funding, our scientists and researchers will have healthier and more modern work environments, enhancing research and development and resulting in even better health and safety outcomes for Canadians."

The Laurentian Forestry Centre is one of five laboratories of the Canadian Forest Service and is dedicated to supporting the sustainable development of Canada's forests and a competitive forest sector.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced more than $2.2 million in funding to modernize the Laurentian Forestry Centre Laboratory in Quebec City. The laboratory upgrade will take place over two years.

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Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada - Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Jasmine MacDonnell
    Director of Communications
    613-996-2007
    or
    Natural Resources Canada - Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447