Supporting Modernization and Upgrading of Forest Fibre Processing at British Columbia Pulp Facility

The Government of Canada is building a clean energy future and supporting workers in the natural resource sectors — including finding innovative ways to increase the use of underutilized forest fibre sources.

Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., today announced $4.5 million to Mercer Celgar Limited Partnership, a company based in Castlegar, British Columbia, to deploy innovative technology and processes that improve fibre processing and address regional fibre availability issues in British Columbia.

The project deploys a first-of-its-kind, high-capacity and low-operating-cost stationary flail debarker at the mill. This new flail debarker removes bark from wood that would previously end up as debris after the harvesting process. This will reduce the amount of forest waste and lower emissions from decreased forest residue burning.

Funding for this project is provided through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, which encourages the Canadian forest sector to adopt innovative technologies and processes to establish new product streams and emerging markets.

Budget 2021 announced up to $54.8 million over two years, starting in 2021–2022, to increase the capacity of this program. By investing in innovative forest sector technologies, the forest sector is providing greener solutions that help tackle climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy while increasing its competitiveness on a national and global scale.

Canada’s forest sector is a major employer of Canadians, including Indigenous Peoples, in rural and remote communities. A competitive and resilient forest sector is essential to communities and workers across the country.

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