From 2000 to 2012, the forest products industry saw labour productivity grow at a compound annual growth rate of 2.5% compared to Canada’s business sector at 0.7%.

Source: Natural Resources Canada

The forest industry's contribution to Canada's gross domestic products is almost 2%

Source: Natural Resources Canada

Secondary manufacturing of wood products has expanded in recent years, increasing economic benefits without increasing harvests

Source: Natural Resources Canada

The United States is by far the largest buyer of Canadian forest products

Source: Natural Resources Canada

Industry by the Numbers

Key Facts

  • Forest Sector Revenues: $57.8 Billion
  • Forest Sector GDP: $19.2 Billion
  • Share of GDP: 1.2%
  • Wood Products and Pulp and Paper GDP: $15.5 Billion
  • Share of Manufacturing GDP: 9.2%

Forest Dependent Communities: 192

  • Average Wages per Employee (2012): $68,575 (26% above the national average)

Total Exports by Product

  • Pulp: $6.9 Billion
  • Paper: $8.8 Billion
  • Wood: $12.7 Billion

Total Exports: $28.5 Billion
Trade Surplus: $19 Billion


Research and Development

  • Wood Products Manufacturing (2012): $90 Million
  • Pulp and Paper (2012): $103 Million
  • Forestry and Logging (2012): $12 Million

Total Direct and Indirect Employment: 593,200

  • Direct Employment for Forestry, Logging, and Support Activities for Forestry and Logging: 51,800
  • Direct Employment for Wood Products Manufacturing: 115,900
  • Direct Employment for Pulp and Paper: 68,200




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