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View Yvonne Jones Profile
Lib. (NL)
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2020-03-09 16:23
Thank you, Mr. Chair. Thank you both for being here today. We appreciate the information that you're giving us.
I come from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, so I don't have to tell you that we lost our industry 10 or 12 years ago with the closure of two of our three pulp and paper mills. Because there was no market for byproduct, it affected many of our mill operations. We've seen massive closures all over the province. Unlike today, we didn't have innovation programs. There was no funding support that allowed for transition in the industry.
I'm really happy to see these programs today and that there is a focus on innovation, on skilled training and definitely on expanding market opportunities for products. In the province where I am there are regions—like my riding in particular—that are heavily involved in forest industry product development and no longer have an industry. Very little still exists. We haven't seen as much as a forest access road built in 15 years. It's unfortunate because there is still sustainable fibre content and opportunity to look at new development within that industry. I'm really happy to see the programs that are there.
My question is around those programs. One is with regard to the forest innovation program where I know we're investing $92 million over the next three years. How is that program delivered? Is it delivered through provinces and territories? Is it directly by the federal government? How can regions that want to look at new and innovative ways of developing forest industry or forestry products access those types of programs right now?
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