By Tom Parisi
Over the past few years, ontario’s forestry sectors has taken it’s share of rough times.
From the a high canadian dollar, to a poor housing market in the u-s, forestry is only now getting back on it’s feet.
Director of policy with the Ontario Forest Industries Association Scott Jackson says, with the provincial government looking to balance it’s books, the ofia and the government can’t fall back into bad habits.
Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA commented, “We recognize the need for government to get their fiscal house in order – our sector has had to do that ourselves over the last few years – and we are prepared to continue to work with government to achieve their objectives, however, we cannot afford to see a downloading of costs or a return to an unlevel playing field with our competitors.”
Ontario’s forestry sector currently employs over 200 thousand people in 260 commnunities.