The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) and the Council of the Quebec Forest Industry (QFIC) are sattisfied with the two-year extension of the Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA), announced today by Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), the Honourable Ed Fast. (more)
A Partnership announced today will boost Ontario's forest industry and help strengthen the provincial economy.
The Ontario Forest Industries Association is the first participant in Ontario Wood, a new program designed to expand markets for Ontario wood products. (more)
The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is adding its voice to the growing number of northern municipal leaders who are expressing both concern and confusion with repeated statements from the Environmental Commissioner’s Office (ECO) that the controversial, and untested, Caribou Conservation Plan (CCP) will have no socio-economic impacts on Northern Ontario and that “caribou protection is not a serious issue for forestry in northwestern Ontario”. The ECO first dismissed the potential impacts of the new and untested caribou management practices in their
The maintenance of an integrated forest sector and the development of balanced and supportive public policy that secures a cost competitive, predictable fibre supply are the keys to ensuring
This was the message delivered by Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) during her presentation at the ninth biennial Wood Residue Conference in
Provincial Party Responses to Joint OFIA, NOACC, NOMA AND FONOM Election Commitment Letter on Issues (more)
Northern Mayors come together to save jobs and prevent mass extinction of their communities. (more...)
Pew Environment Group Wrong –
Scott Jackson, Manager of
Last week, the Pew Environment Group, a Seattle based special interest group, sent Premier McGuinty their campaign report advocating a stop to economic development in Ontario’s north – a part of the province that has experienced a significant economic downturn and which is subject to some of the highest regional unemployment rates in the province. The 12-page campaign report titled Keeping woodland caribou in the boreal forest uses inflammatory language, oversimplification, and rhetoric to support their assertion that Ontarians should be “tempering societal expectations” regarding prosperity and employment opportunities in favour of a decade old political agenda – the permanent protection of Ontario’s boreal forest in parks that are off limits to development.
The cornerstone of the special interest report is the unsubstantiated allegation that parks are needed because natural resource activities (primarily forestry) and woodland caribou cannot co-exist in
The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) has learned that the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (MNDMF) is drastically cutting funding to one of its most successful competitive measures – the provincial Forest Roads Program. Hard working people, most notably small, independent contractors in Northern and rural
The Forest Roads Program, which has been fully utilized since it began in
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce (NOACC), the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) and the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) are expressing continued concern with the final content of Bill 151, the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act (OFTMA). On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 the Standing Committee on General Government met to vote on final amendments to the controversial Bill, which due to a time allocation motion filed by the McGuinty Government, did not include an opportunity for discussion or debate.
The Chambers of Commerce across
Members of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) are alarmed with the McGuinty government’s efforts to shut down any further debate on the controversial Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act (OFTMA) (Bill 151). On Wednesday April
“This gives a cold shoulder to the overwhelming majority of stakeholders who have expressed their concerns and opposition to Bill 151 at the Standing Committee on General Government hearings” says Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA. “It is very clear that the government is not interested in anyone’s opinions that differ from its own”. (more)
On Wednesday April 13,
"Not only did we present to the Standing Committee at the hearings, we were in attendance for all of the presentations" says Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA. "The clear majority of presenters, specifically those that will be impacted by this Bill, expressed concern. It was very clear that people are asking the government to slow this process down," added Lim.
During her presentation to the Standing Committee, Lim outlined that the OFIA represents 27 member companies, and as such, does not look at Bill 151, or any other regulatory mechanism, with an eye to assessing how it impacts any one company. "We look at all public policy with the purpose of doing what is in the best interest of the forest sector as a whole, and Bill 151 will create serious uncertainty at a time when the industry is beginning to recover." (more)
The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) has joined a growing number of organizations and municipalities across northern and rural Ontario who are in opposition to yesterday’s unilateral decision by the provincial government to reject holding hearings in Northern and rural Ontario on Bill 151, An Act to enact the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act and to amend the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.
Despite recommendations from opposition parties to hold a series of hearings in Northern and rural municipalities, including
The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) is pleased to announce that on March 2,
The United Nations General Assembly declared
January 26, 2011: Ontario Government Proposal Will Not Protect Jobs
The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) welcomes the public and stakeholder consultations announced on January 24, 2011 regarding the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) proposed approach to a Caribou Habitat Regulation under
“We look forward to participating in the town hall meetings because up until now there has been no consideration of the negative economic impacts that the Endangered Species Act and its associated policies, including the Caribou Conservation Plan will have on Ontario’s forest sector and the over 260 communities that it supports” says
Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA), will be presenting the OFIA’s
Revisions to the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry (MNDMF) proposed tenure reforms, announced earlier today by Minister Gravelle in Thunder Bay, are being met with support from the members of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA).
“We want to thank Minister Gravelle for carefully considering our concerns regarding tenure and pricing reform. The proposed path forward is a positive development and provides much needed certainty for operating mills, while creating opportunities for new investment in the sector. We look forward to working constructively with the Ontario government to implement and evaluate the various tenure systems that will evolve across the province over the next several years” says Jamie Lim, President and CEO of the OFIA. (more)