FPInnovations, a not-for-profit organization that supports Canadian forest sectors, welcomed the Quebec government’s latest economic plan, économique du Québec, which provides for an additional $6.5 million in forest-sector workforce training. The organization said the move helps Quebec’s hardwood forests, and particularly in southern Quebec.
“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,” said Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations.
FPInnovations also points to the injection of a total of nearly $127 million to bolster the forest sector in the following initiatives: 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.
FPInnovations will be heavily involved in what it describes as the government’s 2018-2023 development strategy for Quebec’s forest products industry (Stratégie de développement de l’industrie québécoise des produits forestiers). FPInnovations’ R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.