The Roles of FPInnovations, Governments, and Industry in Transforming Canada’s Forest Industry

Authored by: Jean Favreau , Catalin Ristea

Forest Value Chain Optimization and Sustainability

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781498704861
eBook ISBN: 9781315371696
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The forest industry is an important component of the Canadian economy with Canada being the second largest exporter of primary forest products in the world. The nature and type of forest sector activities vary from region to region and from community to community and reflect the comparative advantages of these various areas. Communities in western Canada tend to specialize in the manufacturing of wood products (e.g., lumber), while those in Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces are involved in everything from the manufacturing of softwood lumber to value-added products, pulp, paper, and newsprint. Canada’s forest industry also plays a central role in many rural and remote communities, including First Nations communities. Natural Resources Canada reports that there are over 300 such communities across the country, which are economically dependent on the forest industry (Natural Resources Canada 2007).

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