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New Sawmill In North Creates Buzz

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New Sawmill In North Creates Buzz

McGuinty Government Helps Wood Products Manufacturer Create Jobs

Office of the Premier

Ontario is helping Niska North, one of the largest cedar manufacturers in eastern Canada, launch its new sawmill operation.

The Province is investing $1.5 million to help the business invest in equipment, renovations and construction costs.

The sawmill will create up to 40 jobs over the next three years. Niska North produces high-quality cedar and white pine lumber and will make log homes, flooring, decking and other products. Ontario invested $320,000 in 2008 to help the company get started.

Promoting growth and investment in northern Ontario is part of the government's plan for a strong economy.

Quick Facts

  • The sawmill is located in the heart of the Boreal and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence forests of northern Ontario.
  • Local First Nations investors own 51 per cent of Niska North.
  • Since October 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $400 million to help create 11,320 jobs and 251 co-op placements in the North.

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“We are committed to a strong, vibrant North. Investing in this new sawmill is good for our families, good for our workers and good for the economy.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“This new mill demonstrates how the forest industry remains the economic lifeblood of many small northern Ontario communities and that it can adapt to changing market demands and challenges.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

“This investment will boost the local economy and help provide much needed employment in the Chapleau area.”

Mike Brown

MPP, Algoma-Manitoulin



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