Ontario is helping to create and maintain over 100 good jobs and boost economic growth in Eganville by supporting the expansion of a local sawmill.
This support will help fast-growing local mill Lavern Heideman & Sons Ltd. to grow its business and increase efficiency by modernizing its infrastructure, purchasing new equipment and consolidating operations. The project will maintain 90 existing jobs and create 18 new positions at the mill.
Lavern Heideman & Sons is the first recipient of the province’s Forestry Growth Fund. Ontario is continuing its support for the forestry sector to help the industry boost innovation, increase production capacity, increase competitiveness and expand into new markets, while ensuring resources are managed sustainably.
Supporting Ontario’s growing forest sector is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing $4 million over five years in Lavern Heideman & Sons’ $16.9 million project as part of the province’s $2.7 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund.
- The Forestry Growth Fund will provide up to $10 million annually until 2023-24 to forest sector companies.
- Ontario’s forestry sector generates $11 billion of economic activity annually and provides well-paying jobs for 170,000 people in 260 communities across Ontario.
- Ontario’s forest products exports have increased from around $4 billion in 2011 to almost $5 billion in 2013.