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Foresters are our first line of defense in the fight against climate change.

The new forest products industry is forging an innovative path to a green and growing future – one that is challenging misconceptions and becoming a model to the world.

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Wood is the only major building material that grows naturally, is renewable and can replace products made from materials with a heavier carbon footprint.
To continue Canada’s generational fight against climate change, forestry workers, companies and communities will be relied on for their innovative practices and their contributions to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. As an $80-billion-a-year industry — representing 12 % of Canada’s manufacturing GDP — and one of Canada’s largest employers, we have a responsibility not only to the 600 communities we operate in and 230,000 Canadians we directly employ, but to future generations. And we take that responsibility seriously. Whether it is our commitment to the sustainable management of our forests, the partnerships we’ve established with our communities, or the drive to innovate that will support emerging industries and green, family-supporting jobs of tomorrow, we’re putting our country on the path to fulfilling the promise we have made to future generations.  
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Foresters are our first line of defense in the fight against climate change.

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 adapt forests and build resiliency, while supporting the green, well-paying jobs that support families, sustain communities, and accelerate Canada’s move towards a growing, green economy.

Growing a green economy while ensuring an inclusive economy

Part of growing a green economy is growing an inclusive economy, one that not only values sustainability, but diversity and opportunity. Through programs like #TakeYourPlace, Women in Wood, the Greenest Workforce, and Free To Grow in Forestry, we’re not only committed to a green recovery but an inclusive one at a time when young people, women, new Canadians, and lower-income workers have been hit particularly hard by job losses and business closures as a result of the pandemic.

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.

Resources for Members & Workers

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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Delivering Value For Members And Helping Drive Canada’s Economic Recovery
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Driving Value For Members Through Strong Leadership That Strengthens Canada’s Forest Products Sector
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Suggested Content
October 5, 2021
From Zero Waste to Net Zero, Canada’s Forests Are Critical to a Cleaner, Greener Future
Canada’s sustainably-managed forests and the carbon-storing wood products they provide are key to supporting Canada’s transition to a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 - meeting conservation targets and creating the quality green jobs of tomorrow at the same time.
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April 22, 2021
Canada’s Forest Products Sector Celebrates Earth Day – Everyday
As Canadians work together to rebuild our post-pandemic economy, Canada’s forest sector workers stand ready to do our part by taking care of our land and water, lowering carbon emissions, and getting more Canadians back to work.
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March 19, 2021
Celebrating Forestry’s Role In Driving A Green Recovery: International Day Of Forests
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) applaud this year’s theme promoting “Forest Restoration as a Path to Recovery and Well-Being” as one that resonates with the positive impact that the forest products sector is making around the world.
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February 26, 2021
Canadian Forest Sector Welcomes New Federal Advisory Body On Net-zero Emissions
Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced the appointment of members of the federal government’s Net-Zero Advisory Board.
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The Facts

As an industry with annual GDP contributions exceeding $34 billion, Canada’s forest products sector is one of the country’s largest employers, operating in hundreds of forest-dependent communities and providing more than 345,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country
Forest products are now Canada’s largest export to Asia while exports to China have soared by 369% over the last decade.
Today almost 60% of Canada’s forest industry runs on bioenergy, and the number is growing!
The forestry sector has over 140 shovel-ready capital products worth more than $1.4 billion to support a green economic recovery
There are over 1,400 Indigenous-owned businesses in the forest sector
The labour productivity of Canada’s Forest Products Industry has been growing 3% a year since 2000 — more than three times the industrial average
Since the early 1990s, Canada’s forest sector has reduced its GHG emissions by close to 70%
Canadian forestry companies harvest less than 1% of available timber per year and replant every single tree, between 400 and 600 million seedlings annually
Canada leads the world in the third-party forest certification, sustainably managing 36% of the world’s certified forest — almost three times more than any other country.

Join The Greenest Workforce

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 and help move Canada towards a greener tomorrow and a net-zero future. If you’re interested in joining Canada’s Greenest Workforce, visit thegreenestworkforce.ca to learn more and find the right job for you.

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