April 18, 2019 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada
The forestry sector is an important part of Western Canada’s economy and creates jobs, business, and export opportunities, especially in rural and Indigenous communities.
Today, the Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced a combined total of more than $4 million towards two projects that will stimulate economic growth and is expected to create more than 300 jobs through innovations in the forestry sector.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) will receive $2.38 million towards the research and testing of clean technologies that generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest residues. This project will use clean technology to produce affordable fuel that can be used to power pulp mills or sold to export markets. The project is expected to create 238 jobs as mills adopt innovative RNG technology.
FPInnovations’ Indigenous Forest Technical Support Program will receive $1.65 million to improve the competitiveness of Indigenous businesses in the forestry sector. Funding will help Indigenous forestry companies facing technical, human or financial resource challenges to gain expertise and knowledge through practical plant visits and workshops. The project aims to enhance their opportunities for success, and is expected to create 100 new jobs and maintain 300 existing jobs.
These and other emerging technologies and business processes offer new ways of generating social, economic, and environmental value for Canadians from our forest resources. Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan aims to build an economy in which Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and Canadian businesses are well-placed to participate in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.