This Plan économique du Québec provides for an additional $6.5 million not only to train a highly qualified workforce to meet the needs of companies in the forest sector, but also to turn to advantage the wealth represented by Quebec’s hardwood forests, and particularly in southern Quebec.
“We are proud to contribute toward the success of the forest sector through our partnerships with industry, communities and governments. Improving productivity requires innovation and the introduction of new processes and technologies. These innovations call for renewed skills that must be mastered by the workforce active in Quebec’s forest sector,” stated Stéphane Renou, President and CEO of FPInnovations.
FPInnovations also wishes to emphasize the injection of a total of nearly $127 million to bolster the forest sector in order to add to the amounts allocated to the Programme Innovation Bois (Wood innovation program), supporting the development of private forests, fighting against the spruce budworm, additional reforestation in public forests and shoring up the industry through innovative solutions.
Finally, FPInnovations will be on the front lines to contribute to the 2018-2023 development strategy for Quebec’s forest products industry (Stratégie de développement de l’industrie québécoise des produits forestiers), which is expected to be announced this spring.