Read below for CIF-IFC’s response to the Government of Canada’s Speech from the Throne delivered on September 23, 2020.
A stronger and more resilient Canada
Forests and forestry can play an integral role in the directions and goals outlined by the Government of Canada in the Speech from the Throne delivered on September 23, 2020. Furthermore, the title of the Speech (“A stronger and more resilient Canada”) aligns well with the theme of the 2020 CIF-IFC National Conference and 112th Annual General Meeting (“Diversity & Innovation – Cultivating Resilience in Forestry”), that was successfully hosted virtually last week and opened by the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. Our Conference theme recognized that creative thinking by a diverse and inclusive network will foster the development of the forest sector’s capacity to adapt and recover from adversity.
Commitment to helping Canadians through the pandemic by supporting women in the economy
The Government’s commitment to helping Canadians through the pandemic, and more specifically supporting women in the economy, links to a project currently underway at the CIF-IFC – the Gender Equity in Canada’s Forest Sector National Action Plan Initiative. This Initiative is spearheaded by CIF-IFC and Centre for Social Intelligence, and aims to create a diverse and inclusive work force, at all levels, providing the foundation for a thriving forest sector and healthy communities.
Commitment to building back better by taking action on extreme risks from climate change
Forest products and sustainable forest management can play an important role in mitigating climate change, by offering carbon sequestration and green alternatives. The CIF-IFC is looking forward to actively helping and supporting the Government realize their two billion trees commitment.