Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has been working closely with the federal government to help shape policies and programs to keep our businesses operating, our workers working safely, and our essential supply chain moving.
On Friday, FPAC submitted some perspectives and recommendations to the federal government’s 2021 Pre-Budget Consultations to outline how Canada can leverage the power of sustainable forest management and innovation to kick start economic recovery in Canada’s rural and northern communities. FPAC’s submission can be found here.
“Our commitment to sustainable forest management and keeping our forests as forests forever combined with our innovative workforce and products puts Canadian forestry in the driver’s seat of being able to help drive economic recovery in some 600 northern and rural Canadian communities,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “From sustainably-sourced Canadian pulp for PPE to using wood waste to make biomaterials and biofuels to beautiful and carbon-storing wood buildings that architects and engineers the world over are turning to – we have a huge opportunity to unlock the potential of Canadian forestry and forest products to help Canada build back better and spur much needed economic recovery,” Nighbor added.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $73.6-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.