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FPAC Welcomes Measures to Enhance Competitiveness and Accelerate Innovation

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On Nov. 21, 2018 in Canada's House of Commons, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Fall Economic Statement. Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) announced that it is pleased that the federal government has taken steps to support investments in Canadian forestry and strengthen the Canadian industry's position on the global stage.

"Today’s Economic Statement sends a very positive signal to Canadian forestry communities and our workers. New investments to accelerate innovation, diversify export opportunities, address supply chain bottlenecks, and a commitment to modernize regulations these measures show that the government has been listening to a number of our concerns," said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. "We look forward to continuing our work with the federal government to strengthen our sector and to champion family-supporting forestry jobs in over 600 communities across the country."

FPAC described itself in the release as providing a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $69-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2% of Canada’s 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.

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