OUR LATEST NEWS

July 27th 2022

Invitation at the Michipicoten 1st Nation’s Youth & Elders Gathering 2022

The management of Wawa OSB Inc. relaunching OSB manufacturing plant in Wawa is very grateful to have been invited to the Michipicoten First Nation’s Youth & Elders Gathering 2022, on their territory.

June 6th 2022

Citizen Meeting Monday

We are pleased to invite the citizens and residents of the municipality to an information session dedicated to the relaunch of the Wawa Oriented Strand Board (OSB) manufacturing plant located a few kilometers from Wawa. We will take advantage of this opportunity to interact with citizens, gather concerns and answer questions.

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Relaunch of the Wawa Oriented Strand Board (OSB) manufacturing plant

WAWA OSB INC

An OSB plant – just outside Wawa – was built on the site in the mid-90s and was operated until 2007.

In 2013, the mill was converted to a pellet plant and was shut down in 2017.

The option of acquiring the Wawa plant proved to be very attractive, as many of the OSB plant’s equipment and buildings are still in place and functional.

180M$ of investment & 140 direct jobs

a large-scale project!

Province invests $15 million in new wood manufacturing plant in Northern Ontario.

Opportunities & benefits

A true desire to ensure the economic, environmental and social positive impacts of the project and to be involved in the community where it is located. Engaging with relevant Indigenous communities and partner organizations to learn about their interests, capabilities and approach to working together.

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Greg Rickford
Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Funding this new plant is a win for Ontario, Wawa OSB Inc., and the entire community of Wawa.

GREATLY STRENGTHEN AND DIVERSIFY THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND REVIVE THE WOOD INDUSTRY IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO :

forestry

Using wood species for which there are currently no other consuming mills in the area.

environmental

Supporting provincial forest management goals and the company’s vision of operating with environmental stewardship and sustainable forest management practices.

innovation

Developing R&D and several innovative improvements to the OSB manufacturing process.

the ecosystem

900,000 m3 of wood from the Sunstainable Forest License (SFL).

the project timeline

2022
Meeting with SFL management

Meeting with Indigenous communities to present the project and make ourselves known (search for labour and contractors)

Roll out the action plan to obtain the necessary permits

Prepare the business plan to support the request for a 900,000m3 wood allocation (Forest Resource Processing Facility Licence)

Social acceptability & transparency approaches (Indigenous communities, citizens etc.)

Complete dismantling process, purchase and installation of equipment

Workforce (selection, hiring and training)
2023
Workforce (selection, hiring and training)

Social acceptability & transparency approaches (Indigenous communities, citizens etc)

Construction

Obtain the necessary permits (forestry/environment)

Official start-up of the plant

Operations budget

Certification and ramp-up