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July 17, 2012 - Press Release

Quebec’s “Stratégie 2012-2017”: A Vision Consistent

Québec City, July 16, 2012 – The Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) is pleased that Mr. Clément Gignac, the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Plan Nord, has released the Stratégie 2012-2017, pour transformer l’industrie québécoise des produits forestiers [2012-17 strategy to transform Quebec’s forest product industry].

 

“To begin with, this strategy recognizes the importance of the forest sector for Quebec’s economy. But above all, it bears witness to the government’s willingness to support  the transformation of the industry so that it may continue to play its structuring socioeconomic role for Quebec and the regions of the province,” declared Mr. André Tremblay, QFIC’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

“The Council would like to emphasize that this government strategy, which sets out a vision of a forest industry that is modern, diversified, innovative and adapted to market trends, is consistent with the vision developed by the forest industry in 2010 pertaining to the conditions required for successful transformation over the next decade,”  continued Mr. Tremblay.

 

With this strategy, the government will support forest companies and, in particular, enable them to pursue the consolidation of their operations, adapt their processes to market fluctuations, invest in innovative products and further develop the value-added of forest resources, manpower and the entire value chain. All these measures are supplemented by a series of additional initiatives, including implementation of the recommendations of the Beaulieu report, which called for: the creation and operation of an industry cluster centring on the use of lumber in the construction sector; assistance for research and development; support for the technical training of certain professionals; further financial support for Export Québec’s export program; and measures to promote biorefining and demonstration plants.

 

“The establishment of a follow-up committee made up of representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, under the responsibility of the Quebec Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, should make it possible to perform an ongoing evaluation of these measures and thereby facilitate accomplishing the strategy’s objectives,” Mr. Tremblay stressed.

 

“However, if we are serious about successfully transforming Quebec’s forest sector, industry members must be able to enjoy access to sufficient quantities of high quality wood at a competitive cost. Accordingly, it is essential that the Government of Quebec adopt a sustainable forest management strategy focused on using the full potential of this collective resource, thereby enabling businesses to sustain competition, diversify their markets and enhance the value-added of their products,” concluded Mr. André Tremblay.

 

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About the QFIC
The QFIC is the voice of Québec's forest industry. The QFIC numbers more than 160 regular members operating in the softwood and hardwood lumber, veneer, pulp, paper, cardboard and panel sectors of Québec. Each year, these companies generate $12.9 billion in business and close to $4 billion in wages and benefits, of which nearly $1.5 billion is returned to governments in the form of taxes paid by companies and workers.

 


Source: Laurence Drouin
Director, Communications
Communications and Public Affairs
Quebec Forest Industry Council (QFIC)
418-657-7916, ext. 411
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