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COFI backs B.C. plan to address forest sector challenges

Sept. 1, 2016 - The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) supports the B.C. Government’s agenda released yesterday with an action plan designed to address the challenges impacting the competitiveness of B.C.’s forest sector.


September 1, 2016
By Council of Forest Industries

“The B.C. forest industry has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “However, the sector in B.C. is facing significant challenges which, if not addressed, will further erode its competitive position in the global marketplace.”

The effect of the Mountain Pine Beetle, rising costs and uncertainty with the expiry of the Softwood Lumber Agreement are impacting both the forest industry and forest dependent communities. This plan outlines some opportunities to help reduce barriers to investment, improve the health of our forest resource and continue to help communities that are in transition.

“B.C. high-quality forest products are shipped around the globe, as our industry competes with producers in many other parts of the world,” added Yurkovich. “Ensuring that we have the conditions in our province that allow our industry to compete successfully is critical if we are going to sustain our sector and attract investment. We are pleased to see the Province focus on the challenges of competitiveness that face the forest sector and we look forward to working with the Province and industry partners.”

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The Council of Forest Industries is the voice of the B.C. interior forest industry. COFI members produce lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood products at more than 60 facilities across the interior. All share a commitment to a future based on employee safety, sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, and innovative product development.