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Natural Resources committee  I believe you are seeing, in the supplementary estimates this year, a proportion from the announcement of $54.8 million in budget 2020-21. Through our calls for proposals, we have already started to fund projects, for instance Anomera's bioplastic project in Quebec. I would also like to point out that $43 million of our $65 million spent on two billion trees this year alone has been in the province of Quebec.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  I would like to point out that the province of Quebec and the forest sector in Quebec are extremely important to the forest sector writ large in Canada, particularly in advancing the bioeconomy. Since 2019, we have invested $38 million in FPInnovations, headquartered in Pointe-Claire, to produce tomorrow's fibre-based forest products.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  I would like to mention a few things. First of all, the investment we made in the mountain pine beetle in Alberta is to protect the forests in eastern Canada. It's to stop the eastward spread of that particular forest pest. I would also like to make a correction to the honourable member's comments.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  Thank you. It's a good question. This is money to enhance the mandate of the CIFFC, as we call it in Winnipeg, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. Work is under way. One of those enhancements is a very important program called FireSmart Canada. It will allow us, in Canada, to reduce the risk of fire.

March 2nd, 2022Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  Thank you, Deputy. The IFIT, the investments in forest industry transformation program, is oversubscribed every year, which is a positive signal that there's a need and a willingness to advance a bioeconomy. Our latest call for proposals was the largest envelope ever. It was launched May 12, with a total of $120 million available.

May 28th, 2021Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  Thank you. There are two programs. There is the indigenous forestry initiative, in which we work with communities on forest management plans or economic revitalization and stability. It might be, let's say, a pellet mill operation introduction to the bioeconomy. We also have another program for off-diesel operations in remote and rural communities.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  Jeff, can I turn to you for that question?

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  I think it will be similar to Jeff's answer. I don't have the analysis today. We can check back with colleagues in our department and our colleagues at—

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  I'm not the expert in this area. I'll have to take the question back to my colleagues at Environment Canada and to my colleagues at NRCan.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  I will not comment on the trade disputes and the state of the trade disputes. That's for Global Affairs Canada.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  We have an excellent relationship with the United States and my counterparts in the U.S. I don't expect that to change.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  This program is being administered by the provinces. We've been engaging with them for a number of months now. We're in the process of developing contribution agreements with the individual provinces across Canada, and they'll be disbursing the funds.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  Part of the expanding market opportunities program is actually a training component. We develop modules. When we consider markets overseas—for instance, China—we're actually working with ministries of housing for them to understand what mass timber construction and building with wood can do, the safety of it and its contribution to the green economy.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  That's a good question. Mr. Chair, I'll provide what is a very simple definition in my mind. Hopefully, it's accessible. There's a “what” and a “how” when we're thinking of bioproducts and the circular bioeconomy. I would say that bioproducts are the “what” and the circular bioeconomy is the “how”.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil

Natural Resources committee  Nature-based climate solutions are not just about planting trees but also about increasing the use of wood and the circular bioeconomy. Mass timber construction has enormous potential. We've already seen British Columbia and Alberta change their building codes to allow mid-rise buildings to be made out of wood.

October 30th, 2020Committee meeting

Beth MacNeil