Reasons for Joining FPAC

Reasons for Joining FPAC


FPAC has built a strong relationship and reputation among policy makers and is widely known for its vision and leadership.  Through its Vision 2020, and aggressive goals around new products and markets, environmental performance, and recruitment of human resources, it has rebranded what was once seen as a sunset industry into a vibrant sunrise sector that is recognized for being green, innovative and open to the world.

FPAC’s expert team is well respected as a leading association in Ottawa.  Our links to the government and Parliamentarians are robust and provide member companies with a useful bridge into the Ottawa environment.  Members gain access to our knowledgeable staff for updates, advice, and the facilitation of specific requests. 

“FPAC has rebranded what was once seen as a sunset industry into a vibrant sunrise sector that is recognized for being green, innovative and open to the world.”

Benefits

FPAC has built a strong global reputation for Canada's forest products industry. The signing of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement has earned FPAC international recognition for collaborative leadership. The pioneering study called the Bio-pathways Project, which reports on the innovative transformation of the industry into the bio-age, is helping give the forest industry a renewed and revitalized fresh face.

See below for more on how FPAC can help you achieve your goals.

Company CEOs become members of the FPAC Board. The meetings, held four times a year, provide a premiere opportunity to network with the chief executives from major forest products companies.

Board meetings are used to review the issues facing the industry and determine how to best influence decisions in Ottawa.  The Board often gets to meet directly with federal ministers to try to shape federal policy. Members are at the table to ensure their priorities are addressed and their public policy interests are reflected in FPAC’s strategic direction.

In today’s hyper competitive economic climate, it is vital to be represented in Ottawa. While new government spending to assist the sector represented only 13% of the value generated by FPAC, below is a short list of the government financial support programs secured by FPAC.

  • $1 billion for the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation program
  • $100 million for the Investment in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program
  • $4 M annually for two years for market development activities
  • $60 million for the Transformative Technology program
  • Successfully advocated for the extension of accelerated capital cost allowance provision

FPAC takes a multifaceted approach to trade: 

  1. developing strategies to secure and protect access to the U.S. market and preserve the Softwood lumber agreement;
  2. encouraging government to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers, and pursue free trade deals with other countries including Japan, India and the European Union; and,
  3. addressing specific trade irritants.

Membership in FPAC allows your company to work with other members towards effective and cost competitive rail service.  For example, FPAC, and its shipper coalition partners secured legislative changes to obtain more competitive rail service.  FPAC also works with industry professionals, North American transportation regulators and law enforcement officers on port and border infrastructure improvements.

FPAC spearheaded several ground-breaking studies that assessed the potential to use wood fibre to produce bioenergy, biomaterials and biochemicals along with traditional products. Members get exclusive access to decision making tools arising from these studies. FPAC’s Biopathways Partnership Network complements these studies by connecting forest companies with investors and other industries interested in the bio-economy. On the policy front, FPAC is leading a BioEconomy Network to address policy issues related to the bio-economy.

FPAC has built the reputation of the Canadian forest industry as the most progressive and green forest sector in the world and it’s now working to take advantage of that strong environmental brand in the international marketplace. FPAC members benefit from being signatories to the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement where environmental groups have pledged to cease campaigns against FPAC members and promote those companies in the marketplace.

Membership will enable a company to leverage both its own and FPAC’s performance and reputation in the marketplace. Members can access an extensive series of exclusive environmental reputation market leadership tools and market research that FPAC has developed for use by members only on key topics such as certification, green procurement, green building and environmental management. FPAC also offers an environmental reputation communications support to members’ staff.

Our Aboriginal affairs committee allows members to share best practices and enables FPAC to profile Members’ achievements with the federal government, aboriginal politicians and the public.  FPAC also offers two aboriginal awards which enhances the industry’s relationship with the aboriginal community.

FPAC takes a solution-space approach to a myriad of environmental regulations and legislation affecting the industry, such as air quality, greenhouse gases, migratory birds, species at risk, and water quality (particularly endocrine disrupters).  The objective is to obtain smarter regulations and lower compliance costs.  The savings for members generated by reduced/avoided regulatory requirements represents 22% of the overall FPAC value.

FPAC worked with the Forest Products Sector Council on a labour market report, and it is now developing initiatives to help FPAC member companies attract employees. This includes working with the federal government to find HR solutions.  The Greenest Workforce campaign and Green Dream Internship Contests are attracting workers to the industry.

Areas of Support

The overall savings and avoiding costs generated by FPAC are many times greater than annual membership dues.  The value created by FPAC for its members falls into 5 broad categories:

  • 1.   Areas where companies have received direct financial savings as a result of FPAC’s activities. An example is the elimination of the federal government’s Large Corporation Tax which resulted in a direct reduction in tax paid by companies.
  • 2.   Areas where FPAC’s activities have resulted in reduced and/or avoided costs to companies. This includes lobbying on regulatory issues which results in lowering the cost of new regulatory requirements imposed by the federal government or the postponement or delay of the imposition of new regulatory costs. A specific example is FPAC’s efforts to limit the types of forestry water crossings that undergo federal review while still ensuring the intent of the Fisheries Act.
  • 3.   New federal direct spending programs that provide direct benefits to our industry. This includes the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) fund, as well as federal spending on R&D and market development. 
  • 4.   Direct benefits and/or services provided to member companies that they would otherwise have to pay. For example, FPAC generates and sustains media interest in the industry and the coverage it creates has economic value.  
  • 5.   Benefits to industry from avoiding a loss of market share. FPAC protects market access for its members by preventing new trade barriers or removing existing trade barriers, and by preventing the erosion of market share due to sustainability issues that negatively impact demand for Canadian and/or member company products.

 

These categories do not reflect other benefits of membership such as the access by members to FPAC’s knowledgeable staff for updates, advice and the facilitation of specific requests, which can be highly valued by individual members and are enabled by the larger collective of member companies.