Ontario Invests In New Sawmill

    McGuinty Government Helps Secure Jobs In Chapleau

    CHAPLEAU, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Ontario is strengthening the local
community by helping Niska North establish a brand-new cedar sawmill and
create up to 40 new jobs.
    The new cedar sawmill, which is being supported by a $320,000 grant from
the province, would produce a range of specialty value-added wood products,
such as siding, decking, door and window components, mouldings and logs for
log home construction.
    "Our government's support will help more hard-working people right here
in Chapleau provide a higher quality of living for their families," said
Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield. "Niska North will also provide new
opportunities for First Nations' communities and that's a huge win for the
entire region."
    "Our new operation would provide good jobs in Chapleau, as well as
opportunities for Aboriginal communities," said Wade Cachagee, President of
Niska North and member of the Chapleau Cree First Nation. "We wouldn't be able
to move forward if it wasn't for the Ontario government."
    "We are pleased to support this project and the benefits it will bring to
the community," said Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Mike Brown. "This is an important
boost for an industry that is facing a very difficult market."
    The investment comes from Ontario's Forest Sector Prosperity Fund. It and
the Loan Guarantee Program are part of the McGuinty government's over
$1-billion plan to help forest companies invest in the future of their
business and the prosperity of local communities.
    To date, the Ontario government's forest sector investments have created
or secured 4,770 jobs and leveraged $376 million in investments province-wide.

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