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Quebec forestry receives federal funds

The federal government announced funding for the Quebec forest industry to go towards technology research and promoting the province's wood products to new markets.


April 10, 2013
By Canada News Centre

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,  announced the awarding of two financial contributions in support of Quebec’s forestry industry.

“The Government of Canada supports Quebec forest industry aid organizations that, like FPInnovations and the Quebec Wood Export Bureau, promote innovation and market development and contribute to the diversification of the economy and job creation,” said Minister Lebel. “The forestry industry is an economic sector that represents nearly 60,000 jobs in Quebec and it is crucial to support it,” he added.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit research centre that helps the Canadian forest industry develop innovative solutions based on the unique attributes of Canada’s forest resources.

FPInnovations will use the funding from Canada Economic Development to acquire leading-edge equipment and design new products. Through this project, the research centre will help revitalize the Quebec forestry industry. It will also be able to enhance its research and development services as well as its production methods for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in this sector.

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The Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote value-added wood products from Quebec to new markets. It represents more than 200 exporting firms in nine forestry sectors.

QWEB will use the funds from Canada Economic Development to take part in trade fairs, exhibitions and prospecting missions, and to retain its employees.