Tremendous opportunities face forest industry
NANAIMO — There will be “tremendous opportunities” for Canada’s forest industry if the government moves forward with recommendations recently made by a standing committee, says Avrim Lazar.
Lazar, president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, said recommendations from the House of Commons’ standing committee on natural resources “should be applauded” and would create “winning conditions” for the industry in the future if implemented.
He said the recommendations that government invest in research and development, expand initiatives to develop new markets for Canadian wood markets overseas, develop an intermodel transportation strategy and support changes to the regulatory system to encourage more investment would be positive and “forward thinking” initiatives.
“While industry has to take leadership in transforming itself to meet the challenges of the future, government plays a pivotal role in establishing the conditions that allow for that transformation,” Lazar said from his Ottawa office yesterday.
“The industry is strongly encouraged that all four parties were able to unanimously support the report and its recommendations.”