The Quebec government has formed a working group to examine fibre supply costs and the competitiveness of the province’s forest industry. Made up of representatives from the ministries of finance, the economy and forests, the “intervention unit” has been asked to deliver a report by the fall.
The working group, in turn, has identified experts from academia and industry to provide input. François Robichaud of FPInnovations and Robert Beauregard, the dean of the faculty of forestry, geography and geomatics at Laval University, will contribute to the working group.
The minister of finance, Carlos J. Leitão, said having a fair and objective portrait of forest fibre costs will allow the group to identify solutions to the problems facing this industry.