Partnership will boost Ontario’s forest industry

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Ontario WoodTHUNDER BAY – “We, in the OFIA, are happy to be the first licensed user of the new Ontario Wood logo. It is great to have the government supporting Ontario’s forest sector and its products in this way. We believe that given the choice, Ontario consumers will choose to buy local products and support the 200,000 people across the province who work in our industry,” states Jamie Lim, President and CEO, Ontario Forest Industries Association.

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. The program encourages Ontarians to buy local when choosing wood products.

Michael Gravelle the Minister of Natural Resources says, “We welcome the OFIA’s support for the Ontario Wood program. By working together with industry, we are making it easier for consumers to choose made-in-Ontario wood, supporting our forest industry and our economy.”

In October 2011, Ontario began licensing wood producers to use the Ontario Wood logo on their products. Wood used in a product associated with the logo must come from tree species that are indigenous or commercially grown in Ontario. The Ontario Forest Industries Association is the first licensed user of the new Ontario Wood logo.

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