TIMMINS — Today John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, highlighted next steps in the development of Ontario’s new forestry strategy while marking the 100th anniversary of EACOM Timber Corporation’s flagship sawmill.

“Our government is making Ontario open for business and open for jobs. We are committed to ensuring the forestry industry can attract investment, innovate and create good-paying jobs,” said Yakabuski. “A sawmill that has been in operation for 100 years not only highlights the important role forestry has played in our past, but the important role it will continue to play in shaping the future of Ontario.”

The Ontario government announced in November 2018 its plan to develop a provincial forestry strategy to unleash the potential of the sector. Since then, Minister Yakabuski has hosted several roundtables across Ontario and gathered feedback online on how we can open up the industry to jobs.

“Through our consultations, we have identified four main areas to focus on as we develop Ontario’s new forestry strategy: harvestable wood supply, competitive costs, innovation and education, as well as sustainability and stewardship,” said Yakabuski. “Now that the forestry roundtables have wrapped up, we look forward to getting to work and making sure this mill and others like it remain open for another 100 years.”

EACOM Timber Corporation is a Canadian wood products company primarily focused on the manufacturing of lumber and studs used in residential, commercial and public buildings.

“EACOM welcomes the government’s forestry strategy. Working forests have been a cornerstone of Ontario’s history and present infinite opportunities for a green, innovative and prosperous future,” said Kevin Edgson, President and CEO, EACOM Timber Corporation. “We are grateful to the community and all our partners for joining us in celebrating this proud centennial.”

Ontario’s forest industry is an important driver of the province’s economy, generating more than $15 billion in revenues and supporting 150,000 direct and indirect jobs in 260 communities across the province.