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La Tuque biomass projects get federal funding boost

July 6, 2017 - Two forest sector projects in La Tuque, Que., are getting financial assistance from the federal government through the Quebec Economic Development Program.

July 6, 2017  By  Maria Church

Bioénergie La Tuque (BELT) is receiving $500,000 in repayable contribution to carry out feasibility studies needed to start up a biorefinery that would convert forest biomass into biofuels.

John Lewis, a subsidiary of Groupe Rémabec, is getting a $569,250 contribution to install a third finishing line and moulding equipment in its La Tuque wood processing plant. The plant produces popsicle sticks for the food industry from white birch logs.

“The Industries John Lewis plant is a source of pride for the Groupe Rémabec. We have spared no effort in R&D and innovation over the past 20 years. This is the vision that allows us to maintain our position among global leaders, but we can see even further ahead. This contribution from the federal government will help Industries John Lewis continue its development and remain an outstanding showcase for Quebec and Canadian know-how on the international market,” Réjean Paré, president and CEO of Groupe Rémabec, said in the release.

“Canada’s manufacturing sector is a cornerstone of the economy, accounting for more than 10 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product and employing 1.7 million Canadians. Its performance is central to the overall health of the economy. That is why we are investing in Canada’s large wood industry. These investments will allow the manufacturing sector to remain a key source of jobs, trade and innovation in Canada,” Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED, said in the release.


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