PM protects jobs through clean energy investment in Canada’s forestry sector

Windsor, Quebec
6 January 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced further support to protect jobs in Quebec’s forestry industry while making it more productive, competitive and sustainable.  The Prime Minister was joined by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources Canada.

“Our Government is committed to protecting and creating jobs in all of Quebec’s regions,” said the Prime Minister.  “Today’s announcement will reinvigorate the forestry sector with clean energy technology, and will help boost the production of new forestry products.”

The Harper Government’s support will help Domtar invest in energy-efficient and environment-friendly technologies at its Windsor Mill in Quebec. 

“We recognize the vital role the forestry sector plays in Quebec’s regions,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Support for the Domtar Mill in Windsor is part of our overall, Canada-wide efforts to help build a greener more competitive forestry sector.”

Domtar is one of 24 pulp and paper companies across Canada that qualified for credits under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program announced in June 2009.  The program was created to support environmental improvements in the pulp and paper industry.

The Harper Government is also announcing support today for six other mills, located in British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick.  These significant investments are helping to ensure that Canada’s forestry industry is stronger, with safer and more secure jobs for Canadian forestry workers and their families.