The capital city of Ottawa is moving ahead with plans to overhaul its printing and packaging industry.
The city announced Wednesday it would spend $7.5 million to upgrade the quality of paper used to make economic paper.
Ottawa’s city council voted unanimously Wednesday to spend the money to buy and refurbish more than 2,500 square metres of printing space.
The council said it wants to modernize and upgrade existing paper printing and package offices in the city, but that some new facilities are needed to meet new paper requirements.
The new office space will be used for the city’s printing and packaged services.
It is part of an ongoing city-wide initiative to modernise the industry and make it more efficient, said city councillor Peter Tabuns.
The upgrades to Ottawa’s printing equipment are expected to cost between $3.5 and $7 million.
The government said Ottawa is spending $8 million on upgrades and improvements to the printing and packing business.
The mayor’s office said Wednesday that the government will work with local businesses and stakeholders to develop a strategy for the future.
The province has also been moving ahead in its plan to modernising the paper business.
Earlier this year, Ottawa launched a pilot program to modern-dayize its packaging, including the removal of paper boxes from city buildings and placing more packaging in public spaces.
The pilot project, which ran from March 2016 to April 2017, cost $823,000.