FPAC is inviting candidates from all political parties to learn more about the Canadian forest products industry.
Go to our Forestry 101 brochure.
The revitalized forest sector is guided by its Vision2020 to deliver on an agenda of transformation. Industry is eager to work in collaboration with the federal government as well as other partners to reach its three ambitious Vision goals related to the economy, the environment and employment.
Goal One: Generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity from new innovations and new markets.
To help the continued transformation of the sector FPAC is looking for:
- Help to accelerate the development of highly innovative, first-in-kind technologies including bioenergy, biomaterials, bio-chemicals and next-generation building products. The sector would greatly benefit from programs that share the burden of risk.
- Continue support for FPInnovations and university and college research to help facilitate transformation.
- Expand and enhance access to global markets, especially key emerging markets, and promote the “Canadian Brand” around the world.
- Right-size Canada’s transportation system, especially rail, to enable the industry to serve expanding export markets.
- Ensure that national building codes continue to be reviewed and updated in light of new products, technology and building techniques to facilitate the increased use of wood.
For more information: Expect Us In The Unexpected
Goal Two: Deliver a further 35% reduction in the sector’s environmental footprint. To help further the sector’s environmental credentials, FPAC suggests all parties consider policies that would:
- Help the industry vigorously defend and promote its environmental record and promote Canada as a world leader in forest sustainability.
- Continue to support the implementation of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), including investment in science to inform the CBFA goals.
- Help build a world class regulatory system that is efficient and effective, reduces duplication and meets intended objectives.
- Work toward a low-carbon economy and recognize the important role the forest industry has been playing in mitigating climate change.
- Ensure the revenue of any carbon pricing scheme be allocated to a carbon reduction fund.
- Work to better understand, adapt to and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change on forests.
- Ensure species conservation actions balance the needs of the species and achieve a prosperous forest sector grounded in sustainable forest management.
For more information: Growing a Greener Tomorrow
Goal Three: Renew the workforce with at least 60,000 new recruits including women, Aboriginals and new Canadians.
To help the industry attract skilled workers, FPAC suggests all political parties consider policies that would:
- Further invest in labour market information to identify gaps in training and help companies find workers and workers find employment.
- Implement programs to help train workers, including increased funding for apprenticeships
- Invest in initiatives to improve Aboriginal education, skills training and employment outcomes.
- Fast-track the immigration approval process for specific in-demand jobs where needs are acute.
- Help promote the rebranding of the forest products industry as “green” and dynamic.
For more information go to: GreenestWorkforce.ca
To learn more, please read our Vision2020 Report Card. This document contains a number of calls to action for government, industry, the education sector, academics, unions, environmental groups and others.
An updated Vision report card will be issued in 2016.