Earlier today in the House of Commons, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, tabled a motion bringing Canada closer to an updated North American free trade agreement with the Canada, U.S., Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds this effort to provide clarity for Canadian businesses and exporters.

“Canada’s forest products sector contributes over $73 billion annually to the national economy and exports to 177 countries”, noted Derek Nighbor, President and CEO of FPAC. “Canada is globally recognized as a responsible supplier of forest products and the responsible way in which we manage our forests is very much a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. FPAC strongly supports the government’s commitment to free trade and to the swift ratification of CUSMA so that we can continue to deliver economic opportunities to Canadians.”

 

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FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $73.6-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.

 

For more information contact:

Kerry Patterson-Baker
Vice President, Communications

E: kpatterson-baker@fpac.ca

T: 613-563-1441 ext. 314

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