September 25th, 2015

Canadian forestry jobs poised for growth with Mulcair

NDP investments to seed forestry jobs, innovative research and market opportunities

An NDP government will make key investments in Canada’s valuable forestry sector to create jobs and support innovations aimed at providing long-term sustainability for the industry.

“Stephen Harper’s Conservatives haven’t made forestry or manufacturing of related products a priority at home or in developing trade strategies,” said Mulcair. “We need to ensure Canada’s forestry sector remains innovative and competitive to create the highly skilled jobs needed to move the sector forward.”

Stephen Harper has undervalued Canadian forestry, failed to invest in manufacturing, and left existing federal funding oversubscribed to the detriment of the sector. Tom Mulcair will work with the forestry sector to leverage private sector investments and create new opportunities.

An NDP government will:

  • Invest in forest product manufacturing facilities to help maintain or retool for competitiveness;
  • Support research and development for new products, manufacturing methods and new wood biomaterials; and
  • Expand promotion of Canadian wood products to gain greater access to key North American and overseas markets.

“We will help our forestry sector diversify, promote Canada’s quality wood products and create as many as 2,500 jobs in communities across the country,” said Mulcair. “By increasing federal commitments and leveraging private-sector investment, we will facilitate incredible technological advances as the industry continues to change.”