MP Ed Fast Announces Investment in Forestry Innovation for Abbotsford

July 23, 2015

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July 23, 2015 – Abbotsford, BC

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $900,000 investment in Dynamic Windows and Doors. The company will use the funding to support the installation of a German-designed “passivhaus” wood window system at its manufacturing facility in Abbotsford.

Passive houses are valued for their rigorous energy efficiency standards that require little energy for space heating and cooling and result in ultra-low energy buildings. Dynamic Windows and Doors will be the first to market this made-in-Canada energy-efficient window system. In addition to helping Canada’s forest sector produce high-value manufactured products, the project will also create 60 new jobs in Abbotsford, helping the local economy.

Support for this project comes from Natural Resources Canada’s IFIT (Investments in Forest Industry Transformation) program and is designed to support the transformation of Canada’s forest sector into a more economically competitive and environmentally sustainable one. IFIT encourages a broader adoption of new technologies across the industry, and supports forest industry innovation by opening the door to a more diversified portfolio of products and markets.

MP Fast also highlighted the fact that Dynamic Windows and Doors has 81 Syrian and Iraqi refugees working in its Abbottsford facility. These refugees have been displaced by the horrific acts and atrocities being committed by the Islamic State terrorists in their home countries. Canada has welcomed these families as a part of our ongoing commitment to support the Syrian and Iraqi people in their struggle for peace, freedom and prosperity. Canada remains one of the top donors in the response to the crises in both Iraq and Syria. Together, with other members of the Coalition, Canada is working hard to improve the lives of millions of innocent civilian victims of ISIL’s terror.

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Quick Facts

  • In 2013, the forest industry generated close to $21 billion to Canada’s GDP, and was one of Canada’s largest employers, supporting over 200,000 direct jobs across the country.
  • With 43% of the world’s certified forests – 161 million hectares – Canada leads the world in forest land independently certified as sustainably managed.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested $1.8 billion in the transformation of the forest industry.
  • Economic Action Plan 2015 announced $86 million to continue to support the transformation of the forest sector by extending the Forest Innovation Program, which helps develop and advance new technologies, and the Expanding Market Opportunities Program, which helps develop new markets for Canadian wood products.

Quotes

“Today’s announcement will further encourage economic competiveness in Canada’s forest sector while helping to create jobs and prosperity for Canadians. In addition to adding well-paying jobs and supporting the local economy, this project is an important step in fostering the creation of high-value products manufactured here in Abbotsford and across Canada.”

Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade & Member of Parliament for Abbotsford

“This investment is another example of how our government is helping Canada’s forest industry bring innovative, high-value products to the marketplace, increasing Canada’s global competitiveness and protecting jobs in the local community.”

Greg Rickford,
Minister of Natural Resources

“For nearly 25 years, Dynamic has continued to invest in Technological change and New Product Development that has allowed us to expand our Export growth to over 90% of our production. Both Capital investment combined with New Product development has enabled us to become a Leading competitor to similar companies from around the world. Continuing this commitment of our reinvestment, we are pleased to welcome IFIT’s Transformation investment to assist us in creating a Canadian Wood Passive Window.”

John Mathews, President Dynamic Windows and Doors

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