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Building resilient communities through sustainable forestry: Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

The forest products industry has been a staple of the Canadian economy for generations. Providing careers as a forester, a millwright, an ecologist or a process engineer, the forest products sector continues to support families in hundreds of rural communities.

According to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), more than 650 Canadian communities rely on forestry. Half of those depend on forestry for at least 50% of household income, and about 160 of those communities are solely reliant on forestry.

Operating some 40 manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States, Resolute knows what it means to be the economic backbone of a community. This series of blogposts, Building Resilient Communities through Sustainable Forestry, will provide a snapshot of the value Resolute generates within our operating communities – as an employer of choice, a taxpayer, a community partner and as an engaged neighbor.

Resolute operates some 12 operations in the region, including pulp and paper mills, sawmills, woodlands operations, and a hydroelectric power generation and transmission network.  We employ over 2000 direct employees and provide approximately 7250 in indirect employment in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of northern Quebec. In total, Resolute contributes over C$500 million to the region in salaries, operational expenditures, and taxes.

Each of these operations continues to improve its sustainability performance.  The Dolbeau paper mill and the Saint-Félicien pulp mill each operate a cogeneration plant producing 28 and 43 megawatts of green electricity, respectively. We also maintain certification of 100% of the forests we manage to at least one of two internationally recognized forest management standards: Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

For more information on the economic benefits and sustainability highlights of our Saguenay — Lac-Saint-Jean operations, download this factsheet (available in French only).

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