On January 28, 2019, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, joined by members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Industry Association (NLFIA), Ministers of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs; Indigenous governments and organizations; forest sector stakeholders; community, academic, and business leaders; and students, launched the Forestry Sector Work Plan, which includes 32 actions to diversify the forest industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, support economic growth, and foster private sector job creation. The announcement was made at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.
The Provincial Government and its partners share The Way Forward commitment to increase timber allocations and harvest levels by 20 per cent by 2020. With its focus on industry diversification, sustainability and growth, the Forestry Sector Work Plan will establish the conditions necessary to sustainably manage our forest resources, diversify and generate new and expanding business activity, and increase private sector employment for residents in Newfoundland and Labrador.
As part of The Way Forward vision, the Provincial Government is directly engaging the forestry, aquaculture, agriculture, and technology sectors to address industry needs in ways that result in new employment and economic activity throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.