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Campbell River B.C.

Ottawa to Unveil Pulp & Paper Aid Program June 17th

Federal Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt is to announce an anticipated $1-billion aid program for the country’s pulp and paper industry Wednesday.

A media advisory issued by Raitt’s office today says the program “will lay the groundwork for a greener, more sustainable future for Canada’s pulp and paper industry.”

Ottawa is not releasing a figure on the program — designed to counter market damage done by the $7 billion U.S. black liquor subsidy — but industry sources say the $1-billion figure has been widely discussed.

The Ottawa package is thought to be for green energy projects and environmental improvement projects.

You can read more about it at:

Ottawa to announce $1-billion aid program for forest sector (Vancouver Sun)

Ottawa to ante up $1-billion aid to pulp and paper industry (Canadian Press)

Ottawa’s new fund to back “green” forest industry capital spending (Macleans.ca)

June 16, 2009 - Posted by | - Government

1 Comment »

  1. Urgency of forestry demands much more from feds: union

    June 17, 2009
    OTTAWA — Canada’s largest forest union says the government’s announcement of $1 Billion for environmental improvements in the pulp and paper industry changes nothing for forest workers.

    “It won’t save any mills or prevent further job loss,” says CEP President Dave Coles, noting that already 55,000 jobs have been lost in the industry over the last two years. “This money cannot be used to lower the price of the production of pulp, and make our industry more competitive with the U.S. Read More of the release here

    Comment by Ian | June 18, 2009 | Reply

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