Northern Development Minister, and Kenora MPP, Greg Rickford is looking for feedback on the province's new forestry strategy.

According to the province, the strategy will aim to stimulate job creation, promote economic growth, and reduce unnecessary burden and costs for businesses, all while ensuring forests continue to be managed sustainably.

"This forestry sector strategy is going to be the road map, if you will, to get us there. But we want this public input, and it couldn't come at a more important time," Rickford said.

The plan to create a provincial strategy for the forest sector was announced in September 2018. Since that time, the ministry has heard from Indigenous partners, industry and municipal leaders through seven roundtables across the province. Input was also received from the public through survey and email submissions.

"I think as we look to this late winter, early spring, when some of these mills and operations should comeback on board, the question is what will we be doing?," he said.

Consultation on the draft Forest Sector Strategy through the Environmental Registry will close February 5, 2020. Additional comments received will be considered as the government completes further consultations with Indigenous partners and municipalities. The final strategy is expected to be released in the spring of 2020.

For more information:

Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy (Draft)