January 11, 2012 - Media Release

The Québec City Amphitheatre: A Unique Opportunity!

Québec City, January 11, 2012 – The Québec Forest Industry Council (CIFQ) is delighted to see that the company known as Chantiers Chibougamau was able to develop awareness on the part of Québec Premier Jean Charest and Québec City mayor Régis Labeaume, within the framework of their “Plan Nord” mission, about its project to develop a hybrid wood/steel roof structure for the future amphitheatre of Québec City.


The Government of Québec and the City of Québec have the duty of setting an example, considering the importance of wood for Québec’s economy and the contribution of this material to GHG reduction efforts when used in construction as a substitute for other materials, in keeping with the “Stratégie d’utilisation du bois dans la construction du Québec” [Strategy on the use of wood in Québec’s construction sector], adopted in May 2008. Considering the prominence of this amphitheatre in Québec City’s built heritage, the city government and the Government of Québec have a unique opportunity to promote the use of this outstanding environmentally-friendly material,” noted CIFQ’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. André Tremblay.


Regarding the City of Québec’s money-related concerns, the cost of the roof structure of the future amphitheatre will only amount to approximately 5% of the total cost of the project, estimated at more than $400 million. “In this context, the use of wood in the roof structure will not have any major financial impact and, when you factor for all costs, including environmental costs, the wood solution stacks up well against the competition,” Mr. Tremblay added.


“I am particularly delighted that the “Plan Nord” mission of Premier Jean Charest made a stop at the plant of one of our members – one of our most modern lumber processing and engineering plants in North America, one that offers eloquent testimony to how Québec’s forest industry is engaged in reinventing itself,” concluded the CIFQ CEO.



About the CIFQ
The CIFQ is the voice of Québec's forest industry. The CIFQ 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
Assistant Director, Communications
Communications and Public Affairs
Québec Forest Industry Council (CIFQ)
418-657-7916, ext. 411

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