Quebec's natural resources minister releases 2012-2017 transformation strategy for province's forest products industry, pledges C$268M to support implementation

LOS ANGELES , July 17, 2012 () – Quebec's minister of natural resources and wildlife Clément Gignac has released the province's strategy for the transformation of its forest products industry for 2012-2017.

The stratégie 2012-2017 pour transformer l'industrie québécoise des produits forestiers is currently only available in French and can be downloaded from the Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune website at the following address: www.mrnf.gouv.qc.ca/fr/forets/strategie-2012-2017

According to the ministry, C$268 million has been allocated to implement the strategy over the five-year timespan, which aims to help Quebec's forest products industry to diversify, innovate and adapt rapidly to changing market conditions.

André Tremblay, president and CEO of The Quebec Forest Industry Council (Le Conseil de l'Industrie Forestière du Québec), welcomed the strategy, which he said recognized the importance of the forest sector for the province's economy and would help forest companies adapt to market fluctuations.

The strategy has also been welcomed by Canadian forest research organization FPInnovations president and CEO Pierre Lapointe. He said the strategy would support intiatiaves to create and develop new products in building and non-building applications, such as nanocrystalline cellulose, and would also help to revitalize the hardwood sector.

The primary sources of this article are the website of Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune, and statements released in French by Le Conseil de l'Industrie Forestière du Québec and FPInnovations on July 16, 2012.

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