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Canada’s Forestry Communities Are Leading The Way In The Fight Against Climate Change.

Forestry not only brings family-supporting jobs to the towns that need them, but through their world-leading sustainable practices and the innovative products they produce, forestry communities are on the front line and leading the way in our fight against climate change.

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Did you know?
Today, almost 60% of Canada’s forest industry runs on bioenergy, and the number is growing.
To continue Canada’s generational fight against climate change, forestry communities across the country will be relied on for their innovative practices and their contributions to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Change of all types occurs at the local level, and this is particularly true for the 600 communities where the forest products sector is the main economic engine. Whether it’s sustainably-managing our most renewable, carbon-capturing resource or finding new uses for “wood waste” to create low-carbon energy that reduces a community’s reliance on fossil fuels, forestry communities are on the front line and leading the way in our fight against climate change. 
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Indigenous Communities & Partnerships 

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

Canada’s forest products sector  is one that values sustainability, 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 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.

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.

Resources for Forestry Communities

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
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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December 9, 2020
Canada’s Forest Sector Offers Recommendations To Federal Government On Green Recovery
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) released Innovative, Sustainable, Resilient: Recommendations from Canada’s Forest Sector to Drive Economic Recovery and a Net-Zero Carbon Future.
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November 4, 2020
Partnering for Success - The Annual Industrial Consumption and Energy (ICE) Survey
FPAC and Statistics Canada celebrate five year partnership, collecting energy efficiency data in the the forest sector, supporting a low carbon economy
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The Facts

Mass timber construction can be completed 25% faster, can reduce carbon pollution during construction by 25% to 45%, and requires less energy to heat and cool, allowing us to build greener, more resilient communities.
The biofuels being generated by wood waste are helping to reduce dependance on fossil fuels in Canada’s remote, northern and Indigenous communities.
Canada’s forest sector employs approximately 11,600 Indigenous workers, which makes it one of the largest Indigenous employers in the country
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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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communities across Canada rely on the forestry industry to support the local economy