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Summer 2017

Forestry industry applauds
Ottawa’s response to softwood duties
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased that the Government of Canada has launched initiatives to ensure the forest sector remains competitive in the face of the unwarranted duties implemented by the US on softwood lumber.

“We appreciate that the federal government is standing tall for Canadian forestry communities by launching a comprehensive package in the face of trade actions that we believe are without merit.” said Derek Nighbor, FPAC CEO. “This support will assist our efforts in continuing to transform our sector, diversify our markets, and support our workers.”

Ottawa announced $867 million in initiatives to support the forest sector including:

  • federal loans and loan guarantees to complement provincial efforts;
    • efforts to expand overseas markets and promote the diversification of Canadian wood products;
  • helping Indigenous communities and organizations improve the performance of their forest sector initiatives;
  • providing a temporary extension of the maximum period for Work-Sharing agreements from 38 to 76 weeks in order to reduce layoffs; and
  • expanding support to help affected workers upgrade their skills and transition to new opportunities.

“We are a proud Canadian industry with a track record of providing good jobs in rural and northern Canada, while sustainably managing our forests for generations to come,” added Nighbor. “These actions by the federal government are a critical step as we
work to secure a strong forest sector of tomorrow.”


Summer 2017 News:
• First Nations sign Shared Territory Protocol Agreement
• Forestry, Paper, and Packaging M&A activity off to a strong start in ‘17
• Forestry sector sees opportunities in budget
• Deloitte and NORCAT partner to explore future of mining technology
• Vale shutters Sudbury mine
• Callinex completes drilling at Pine Bay 
• EACOM announces full acquisition of Anthony-EACOM

• Noront and First Nation sign advanced agreement
• Cementation Canada Big Winner at #DisruptMining
• Forest sector partners with Canada’s municipalities
• Vale closing Birchtree Mine
• Increase lumber imports from overseas in 2017
• Forestry industry applauds Ottawa’s response to softwood duties
• TMAC Resources announces commercial production at Doris Mine and Mill
• Multiple high-grade lithium pegmatites intersected at Ontario’s Mavis Lake Project


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