Partnership for Success: Innovative and Sustainable Growth in Canada’s Forest Products Sector

Canadian forest products are already recognized as world leading, not only in quality but also in sustainability.

Ensuring healthy and resilient forests, partnering with Indigenous peoples, and helping Canada tackle climate change are critical to our sector’s contribution to the economy — today and in the future.

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At a time of rapidly shifting trade rules, economic fluctuations, and changing climate patterns, the Canadian forest products sector has established itself as a leader in its efforts to collaborate with governments and other stakeholders to renew and rejuvenate its industry and our forests to secure a more productive, economically successful, and environmentally responsible future.

C.D. Howe Report

Branching Out: How Canada’s Forestry Products Sector is Reshaping its Future

Did you know?

- Advances in material science supported by federal and provincial governments as well as the industry, the universe of wood and wood-containing products has exploded. By breaking wood down into its central components – cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin – and applying advanced nanotechnology it is possible to shape materials that can be used to manufacture an almost infinite number of products. Some examples of contemporary household products with wood components include: bath towels, toothpaste, nail polish, makeup, disinfecting wipes, and paints.

- Forestry is the economic life-blood of over 600 communities across the country, many of them small towns and villages. Half of those communities depend on forestry for at least 50% of their household income and 160 communities rely solely on forestry for their economic survival.

- Viewing the forest sector as part of the “old economy” could result in poorly informed policy options – the sector is foundational to Canada’s economic future.

To read the full C.D. Howe Report, click here.

Key Facts

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In 2018, the industry exported $38.5 billion of product to 180 countries.

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The forest products sector plants more than 600 million trees per year to create young, healthy forests that absorb carbon and mitigate climate change.

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Collectively, Indigenous peoples now hold approximately 10% of the national wood supply, a 64% increase from 2007.

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We’ve invested in leading-edge science and game-changing clean technology to tackle climate change and ensure that Canada has a competitive and sustainable world-class forest products sector.

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Canada’s forest products sector follows an adaptive management framework, ensuring that new knowledge is continually incorporated into forest management to actively manage our forest resources in a sustainable and effective manner to help support species at risk.

Learn More About Our Sector

Forestry For The Future: Delivering on Canada's Bioeconomy Potential
October 7, 2019
Thanks to a combination of Canada’s rich forests, a drive to innovate and a commitment to creating a greener environment, our nation is uniquely positioned to lead the world in next-generation thinking around the bioeconomy.
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Council of BC Forest Industries (COFI) releases Smart Future: A Path Forward for BC’s Forest Products Industry
September 16, 2019
By working together and making smart choices now, we can help attract the investment required to secure a bright future for BC’s forest sector.
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Growing Opportunity In Canada’s Forests
September 22, 2019
Years of extensive collaboration with governments, Indigenous communities, and research partners has made Canada’s forest products sector a global leader in product and process innovation, environmental stewardship, and international trade.
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C.D. Howe Report Explores The Future Of Canada’s Forest Products Sector
May 15, 2019
The study explores current industry trends and advancements that Canada’s forest products sector has made in the face of growing business challenges.
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Standing Tall with Canada’s Forest Workers on International Day of Forests
March 21, 2019
International Day of Forests is a time for us to celebrate our forestry families, forestry communities, and our country’s world-leading approach to how we manage our forests – one of our country’s most important and renewable resources.
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Workforce Diversity – Canada’s Forest Sector Branches Out
February 20, 2019
The transformation that is happening in Canada’s forest products sector is not limited to new technologies in our forests and mills, nor in the new global markets we are reaching. It is also reflected in the changing face of our workforce.
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If you support a forest products sector that creates family-supporting jobs, drives innovation, is committed to sustainable forest management and strong local forestry communities, send a letter to your local federal candidates today!

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Become a Supporter Today!

If you support a forest products sector that creates family-supporting jobs, drives innovation, is committed to sustainable forest management and strong local forestry communities, send a letter to your local federal candidates today!

Become a Supporter Today!

If you support a forest products sector that creates family-supporting jobs, drives innovation, is committed to sustainable forest management and strong local forestry communities, send a letter to your local federal candidates today!