Canada’s Forest Sector

  • Canada is the world's largest exporter of forest products with the forest industry contributing $20.81 billion to the country’s GDP in 2014.
  • Its forest diversity means Canada can sustainably produce a wide range of quality products, including softwood lumber, newsprint, wood pulp, wood panels and value-added products.
  • Canada's forest industry supports over 195,000 direct jobs and approximately 200 rural Canadian communities depend on the forest sector for at least half of their base income.
  • Although Canada's wood and paper products industries are an important part of the country's economy, less than 1% of commercial forest area is harvested each year.

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