A timber mill in Prince Albert, which is expected to create 700 new jobs in the North has received its timber allocation from the province.

The proposed One Sky Forest Products Oriented Strand Board mill will have a capacity of 600 million square feet of strand board annually, requiring approximately 845,000 meters-cubed of timber.

“We have been working with our Saskatchewan investors and First Nations partners for over a year to get to this point and are eager to move to the next phase of project development,” One Sky founder and Chair of the Board Brian Fehr said.

The province did not say how much it was allocating, but said the majority of the timber would be from the province, while the remaining would come through negotiated commercial and private contracts

As the North American construction industry is expected to grow over the next decade, Oriented Strand Board sheathing, which is a preferred wall, roof and sub-floor sheathing material will be in demand.