OTTAWA, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) is pleased that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has highlighted
the exceptional growth of Canadian lumber exports to China. The
industry recognizes the important partnership role the federal
government has played in its success in China through programs to
support the industry's market diversification efforts overseas.
The Prime Minister today visited the China-Canada Green Building Design
Centre, one of the largest wood frame buildings in China, to underscore
Canada's achievement as China's largest supplier of lumber.
"We value this government's promotion of our lumber exports, especially
in China, which is by far our fastest growing export market," says
Avrim Lazar, the President and CEO of FPAC. "New markets, especially
China and India, are fundamental to the future prospects of Canada's
forest products sector and the commitment of our Prime Minister to
helping our forest industry diversify in such markets around the world
will definitely help the industry succeed."
Lazar underscored the importance of the Canada Wood Export Program
especially in the Asia-Pacific Region, especially with the ongoing
challenges in the U.S. market. "We agree with the Prime Minister when
he says that record-high Canadian lumber exports to China have created
jobs and economic opportunities for Canadians. Market diversification
has truly been a life-saver for jobs and for rural communities who rely
on the health of the Canadian forest sector," says Lazar. "And the
government deserves credit for being a vital partner in our successful
Forest products are now Canada's top export to both India and China.
Canadian wood exports to China grew to $835 million in 2010, up 119
percent from 2009. During the first eleven months of 2011, wood
products were Canada's third largest export to China, totalling $1.36
billion and expected to exceed $1.5 billion in 2011.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers
nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental
affairs. The $57-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2%
of Canada's GDP and is one of Canada's largest employers operating in
hundreds of communities and providing 240,000 direct jobs across the
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