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Government impeding growth of forest industry

Dec. 11, 2014 – Needless government red tape, costing contractors thousands of dollars each year, is just one of the major issues identified as an impediment to the growth of the Canadian forest industry.

In a special report from The Globe and Mail, government-regulated training and protocol was identified as an obstacle for growth in the industry, especially noted by contractors working in Ontario.

Tembec founder Frank Dottori also pointed to the lack of accessible low-cost fibre, due largely to the allocation of forest licenses in the province. Sustainable Forest Licenses were last reviewed by the province in 2009 at the height of the industry downturn. Since that point, some licenses have been used very little due to logistics costs and mill shutdowns, but the province has yet to do a secondary review of the licenses despite committing to do so.

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