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The Greenest Workforce

Canada’s Greenest Workforce is forging an innovative path to a green and growing future with more and more smart uses being found for renewable wood fibre.

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Our sector directly employs over 230,000 Canadians in family-supporting jobs that help workers raise a family and build a future.
Canada’s Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs) play a critical ‘boots on the ground’ role in monitoring and managing our forests. With worsening wildfire and forest pest outbreaks, forest management is the best tool we have to ensure our forests continue to serve as a critical carbon sink in our fight against climate change, while supporting the good, green jobs that sustain communities, and accelerate Canada’s move towards a growing, green economy. Our sector directly employs over 230,000 Canadians – often in northern and rural communities where limited job opportunities exist. We are not only committed to ensuring that forest sector workers have access to the cutting-edge training and tools they need to keep working in this dynamic and evolving sector, but through programs like #TakeYourPlace, Women in Wood, the Greenest Workforce, and Free To Grow in Forestry, we are committed to an inclusive economy that supports the growth of women, Indigenous Peoples, new Canadians, lower-income workers and youth as leaders in a new green economy.

Supporting Indigenous and Northern Communities

FPAC and it's members recognize that Canada’s forests are uniquely important to Indigenous communities, and that they are a vital component of the cultural, spiritual, economic, and social relationships that Indigenous peoples have with the land. Canada’s forest sector employs approximately 11,600 Indigenous workers, which makes it one of the largest Indigenous employers in the country. There are also 1,400 Indigenous-owned businesses in the forest sector including sawmills, silviculture businesses, and biomass energy facilities. FPAC and its members are committed to facilitating greater Indigenous participation in a thriving Canadian forest sector as it brings significant opportunities to existing and emerging Indigenous-owned businesses and initiatives

Growing a green economy while ensuring an inclusive economy, that values sustainability, diversity, and opportunity.

Through programs like #TakeYourPlace, Women in Wood, the Greenest Workforce, and Free To Grow in Forestry, we are committed to an inclusive economy that supports the growth of women, Indigenous Peoples, new Canadians, lower-income workers and youth as leaders in a new green economy. 

Our sector has embraced the low-carbon era using innovation and new technology to unlock our full potential.

Emerging industries turning wood chips, sawdust, and bark into bioplastics, textiles, and biofuels will not only create good green jobs for Canadians but are poised to reimagine the resources and products we use everyday through a greener, cleaner lens.

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ReportS
Innovative, Sustainable, Resilient: Forest Products Association Of Canada Recommendations From Canada’s Forest Sector To Drive Economic Recovery and A Net-Zero Carbon Future
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Conversation and Collaboration: Building the Future Canadian Forest Products Sector with Aboriginal talent
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Canada’s Forest Products Industry
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Suggested Content
May 12, 2021
Canada’s Forest Sector Welcomes Federal Investments That Spur Innovation and Pave the Way to a Net-Zero Future
Earlier today, Canada’s Minister for Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, launched a call for proposals under the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes these federal investments to help advance Canada’s forest sector bio-economy and low-emission energy future, while creating and maintaining jobs in communities across the country.
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April 19, 2021
Canada’s Forest Sector Responds To Federal Budget 2021: Forestry In Unique Position To Help Government Deliver On Environment And Economy: Nighbor
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) recognizes that this budget comes at a critical time when we all need to come together to keep people safe, get more Canadians working, and kickstart a lasting economic recovery that leaves no family behind.
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February 11, 2021
Researchers From Laval University & Ubc Named Canadian Finalists For International Forestry Innovation Award
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce that a PhD candidate at Laval University and an assistant professor of Engineering at the University of British Columbia have been chosen as the Canadian finalists for the global Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award.
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December 15, 2020
Canada’s Forest Sector Welcomes Government’s Inclusive Approach To Plant 2 Billion Trees
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, unveiled the federal government’s plan to launch its 2 billion tree initiative in 2021.
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The Facts

Canada’s forest sector employs approximately 11,600 Indigenous workers, which makes it one of the largest Indigenous employers in the country
Programs like #TakeYourPlace, Women in Wood, the Greenest Workforce, and Free To Grow in Forestry expand opportunities within the sector.
Forestry employs Canadians across a range of professions, including researchers, chemists, engineers and skilled trades people
Action

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Forests are complex ecosystems and they need to be monitored and taken care of – even more so when we consider their carbon-capture potential and the critical role they will play in defining our greener future. Our sector is ready to rise to that challenge. Join our community today to get updates on what you can do to support a growing, green economy, and a more inclusive, sustainable future for Canada.  

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