The participation of communities in decisions relating to forest use and management is key to their well-being. Federal, provincial and territorial governments have policies, programs and other measures in place to foster this participation.
Canadians recognize that the stability and future well-being their communities are key to sustainable forest management. The sustainability of communities and the rights and participation of Aboriginal peoples in forest management are underscored in Canada's Criteria and Indicators Framework.
Forest management in Canada is shifting from government regulation to community-based solutions and increased public involvement in decision making. A key process for communities is "integrated land-use planning".
Approximately 5.9 million people live in Canada's forest-dependent communities. These communities rely heavily on the forest and other natural resources for jobs and economic stability.