News Release - May 7, 1999
NEW FORESTRY PARTNERSHIP IN NORTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN
An important component of Saskatchewan's forest development plan was
launched today at community events in Deschambault Lake and Creighton.
Ainsworth Lumber of Vancouver and the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
announced their plans to build new sawmills in the two communities.
Economic and Co-operative Development Minister Janice MacKinnon and
Northern Affairs Minister Keith Goulet welcomed the announcement of a
$73 million investment that will create almost 1,100 direct and
"These major projects are part of a new era in Saskatchewan forestry
development," Goulet said. "They give new momentum to developing a
stronger northern economy in full partnership with northern
"This announcement means jobs not only in the new mills, but also in
construction, forest management and harvesting and hauling
operations," MacKinnon said. "We are making better and smarter use of
our forestry resource so that we can create thousands of new jobs and
opportunities while still preserving our precious forests."
The partners have received a conditional allocation of wood from the
Amisk-Atik Forest Management Area (FMA) contingent on the partnership
finalizing a community involvement plan and receiving all necessary
environmental approvals. The allocation is located in the north-east
commercial forest zone around Deschambault Lake and Creighton.
"The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation is very pleased that we will be
participating as full partners with government and Ainsworth
Lumber in the development of value-added products from forestry,"
said Chief Ron Michel. "The building of sawmills in Deschambault
Lake and Creighton will bring a measure of prosperity to our
communities and to the region."
An important component of the forest development plan is that
environmental sustainability will be the foundation for growth in
the forestry sector. The new Forest Resources Management Act and
regulations which came into effect on April 1, 1999 will ensure
that activities in the forest are sustainable over the long term
and that the health of the ecosystem is protected.
"We at Ainsworth Lumber are very pleased to have the opportunity
to become involved with these communities in Northern
Saskatchewan. These projects represent the beginning of the
utilization of the largely undeveloped resource in this region,"
said Allen Ainsworth, President of Ainsworth Lumber. "The
activities which follow will evolve into a much more
comprehensive effort, benefiting the whole province. We look
forward to a long and productive business relationship."
The partnership is part of an expansion of the forest industry in
Saskatchewan that will result in the creation of as many as
10,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next three years.
Additional jobs are expected in manufacturing, agri-forestry and
research and development over the next 10 years. There will also
be more than $850 million of private sector investment in
"This project is an expression of confidence in Saskatchewan's
economy by communities and industry," MacKinnon said. "It
reflects our commitment to a full-participation society where all
people can share in the benefits of our economic success."
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For more information, contact:
Economic and Co-operative Development
Phone: (306) 787-1691
Office of Northern Affairs
Phone: (306) 425-4216