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.

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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.

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Canada’s Forestry Sector Supports Federal Move Toward Net-Zero Emissions By 2050
November 19, 2020
Canada’s forest sector is positioned to be one of the leaders in our move to a low-carbon economy.
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Canada’s Forest Sector Key to Canada’s Economic Recovery
November 3, 2020
Sustainable forest management and the carbon benefits that it brings is at the core of Canadian forestry’s value proposition.
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Partnering for Success - The Annual Industrial Consumption and Energy (ICE) Survey
November 4, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and Statistics Canada are celebrating five years of successful partnership for the collection of data for tracking energy efficiencies in forest sector mill operations.
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Global Forest Sector and Workers: Providing Solutions for Pandemic Recovery
October 8, 2020
ICFPA welcomes today’s statement by ACSFI to align with United Nations ambitions to build a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable future that involves beating the virus, addressing climate change, and creating economic opportunities.
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FPAC Announces Sponsorship of Epping-Weagle Mixed Doubles Curling Team
September 28, 2020
FPAC is proud to announce a new partnership that brings together two things that Canada is proudly known for around the globe – forestry and curling.
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Canada’s Foresters Recognized as Key Partners in the Fight Against Climate Change
September 23, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomed the federal government recognizing the role that Canadian forestry workers and forest products play in lowering carbon emissions.
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Indigenous Youth Honoured with National Forestry Skills Awards
September 21, 2020
Earlier today, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), in partnership with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM), recognized three recipients of the Skills Awards for Indigenous Youth.
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Canada’s Forestry Sector Honours Alain Paul and Granules LG Inc. of Mashteuiatsh, Quebec with Indigenous Business Leadership Award
September 21, 2020
Earlier today, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), in partnership with Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), named Alain Paul as the recipient of the 2020 Indigenous Business Leadership Award.
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Lisa Raitt Honoured as Community Champion by Canada’s Forest Products Sector
September 21, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today announced the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence which include former MP and Federal Cabinet Minister Lisa Raitt as a 2020 Forest Community Champion.
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Ducks Unlimited Canada and University of Alberta Honoured with FPAC Forest Partner Award
September 21, 2020
Earlier today, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) announced the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence which included Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta.
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Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb Honoured as Community Champion by Canada’s Forest Products Sector
September 21, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today announced the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence which includes Williams Lake, BC Mayor Walt Cobb as a 2020 Forest Community Champion.
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Pontiac MP William Amos Honoured as Community Champion by Canada’s Forest Products Sector
September 21, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today announced the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence which includes William Amos, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
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Deputy Grand Council Chief Ed Wawia Honoured by Canada’s Forest Products Sector
September 21, 2020
Earlier today, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) announced the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence which includes Deputy Grand Council Chief Edward Wawia as a 2020 Forest Community Champion.
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Canada’s Forestry Sector Announces Awards Of Excellence Recipients, Celebrating Its Best And Brightest
September 21, 2020
As the 100th anniversary of National Forest Week is celebrated across the country, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is using the opportunity to announce the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence program.
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Forest Sector Welcomes Ministers’ Efforts to Promote Importance of Canadian Forestry
September 17, 2020
Today, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomed the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM)’s public commitment to raising awareness about Canada’s world-leading approach to sustainable forest management.
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Forest Products Association of Canada | Awards of Excellence 2020
September 21, 2020
Today marks the 100th anniversary of National Forest Week in Canada. What better time for Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to announce the winners of our annual Awards of Excellence program?
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Mining and Forestry Groups Call on Government to Take Action to End Strike at Port of Montreal
August 14, 2020
Today, resource industry groups have united to demand the federal government intervene in the ongoing Port of Montreal strike.
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Forest Products Sector Poised to Help Canada Build Back Better and Spur Economic Recovery
August 10, 2020
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working closely with the federal government to help shape policies and programs to keep our businesses operating, our workers working safely, and our essential supply chain moving.
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Forestry Innovation Funding an Important First Step to Supporting Sector Recovery
July 3, 2020
We stand ready to use the power of wood to lower GHG emissions and green our communities as we build back better.
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Canada’s Forest Products Sector Announces 2020 Green Dream Bloggers
June 30, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce its 2020 Green Dream Bloggers - winners of its annual summer internships contest.
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U.S. Lobby Group’s Review of Canada’s Forests Misses the Mark
June 24, 2020
Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Canada’s forest products industry has been hard at work delivering urgently needed, critical products that are helping Canadians and Americans weather this unprecedented crisis.
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Canada’s Forestry Leaders Foster Recovery and Move Ahead
June 19, 2020
As Canada and the world gets moving again, Canada’s forest sector and its people are in a unique position to drive economic recovery.
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Forestry Steps Up to Help Neighbours in Need
April 28, 2020
Given the nature of our work, we are a sector that knows quite a bit about resilience in the face of disruption.
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Canada’s Forest Products Sector Embraces Essential Service Designation
April 2, 2020
Today, the federal government moved to recognize that Canada’s forest products sector and its workers provide essential products and services to Canadians.
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Canada’s Forest Sector Calls $107 Billion Emergency Aid Package a Critical First Step
March 25, 2020
FPAC is calling for swift implementation of these emergency measures so we can help families and businesses now and protect the Canadian economy.
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Canada’s Forest Sector Supports Efforts to Address National Truck Driver Shortage
March 11, 2020
Efficient and reliable trucking services are essential to our business so it’s important that challenges in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry are well understood and addressed.
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Canada’s Forest Sector Pledges Support for the #CelebrateCitizenship Challenge
March 4, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have joined forces in support of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) #CelebrateCitizenship Challenge.
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Canada’s Forest Sector Looks Forward to Globe 2020: Forest Products Will Help Drive the Circular Economy
February 10, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada is in Vancouver this week to participate in Globe 2020 and an international discussion about the circular economy and the critical role that Canada’s forests and forestry workers are ready to play.
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Canada’s Forest Sector Supports Swift Passage of CUSMA
January 29, 2020
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the effort to provide clarity for Canadian businesses and exporters.
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Leaning in by leading the way: Canada’s forest Sector embraces UN Sustainable Development Goals and WEF’s 2020 core focus on fighting climate change
January 21, 2020
The time is now for Canada to play a leading role in helping to address climate change by using our forests for solutions to the most pressing social, environmental and economic challenges in history.
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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!

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!