Written by Ryan Forbes
The provincial government is planning to hold roundtable discussions and conferences regarding the forestry sector, and Kenora has been selected as one of the host communities. The discussions will begin in November, as the province plans to lay out a strategy to promote economic growth within the sector.
“A provincial forestry strategy is an important first step in unleashing the potential of Ontario’s forest industry,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.
“We are creating the conditions that help the forestry industry to innovate, attract investment and create jobs and prosperity for the North and for all communities that depend on the sector. Working together with industry stakeholders we will send a message to the world that Ontario is open for business.”
The industry has brought in over $15 billion in revenues, and supports over 150,000 jobs in 260 communities in the province.
“Ontario’s wood and wood products are recognized around the world as coming from forests with the highest standard of forest management anywhere. Sustainable forest management helps Ontario’s forests remain healthy and productive, grows our economy and provides people with jobs.”
As well as Kenora, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener, Kapuskasing, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Pembroke and Timmins will also be hosting forestry conferences over the winter season.