News Release - May 13, 1999
MACKINNON ANNOUNCES SASKATCHEWAN FORESTRY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice MacKinnon today
announced establishment of the Saskatchewan Forestry Development
Centre, a Prince Albert-based initiative that will provide critical
training and marketing support to Saskatchewan's rapidly growing
"This centre will be a partnership of industry and government to
deliver the support services our forest industry needs as it doubles
in size and moves into new value-added activities," MacKinnon said.
"It will help the industry not only train Saskatchewan people for the
many forest jobs of tomorrow, but also assist our companies in
exploring new markets for new products that can be made competitively
and efficiently here."
MacKinnon said potential activities of the centre are identification
and co-ordination of training programs and services in technology
development, consulting, product development and market intelligence.
The centre will work with existing educational institutions, research
groups and industry across Canada to co-ordinate its services. The
mandate, goals and objectives of the centre will be developed over the
coming months in consultation with the forest industry, communities
and academic institutions.
The Saskatchewan Forestry Development Centre is an important part
of the expansion of the forest industry announced last month. As
many as 10,000 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be
created over the next three years as a result of over
$850 million in private sector investment. Additional jobs are
expected in manufacturing, agro-forestry and research and
development over the next 10 years. The centre will support this
"Investments in forestry training and product and market
development are investments in Saskatchewan's future," MacKinnon
said. "The centre is yet another way in which we are making
better and smarter use of our forest resource so that we can
create thousands of new jobs and opportunities while still
preserving our precious forests."
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For more information, contact:
Economic and Co-operative Development
Phone: (306) 787-1691