Partnering for Success - The Annual Industrial Consumption and Energy (ICE) Survey

November 4, 2020

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and Statistics Canada are celebrating five years of successful partnership for the collection of data for tracking energy efficiencies in forest sector mill operations.

By providing detailed and quality data to Statistics Canada annually, Canada’s forest products sector is affirming its commitment to data-driven solutions and actively tracking its progress as it works to help Canada meet its Pan-Canadian Framework objectives of clean growth and a low carbon economy.

Each year, Statistics Canada combines various survey and administrative data to develop comprehensive measures of the Canadian economy. Through the Industrial Consumption and Energy (ICE) Survey, Statistics Canada provides data which is used to track industry’s energy efficiency progress. FPAC and Canada’s forest products sector were the first to provide administrative data for inclusion into Statistics Canada’s  ICE Survey.

Benefits of this Agreement for Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada is committed to reducing the reporting burden on respondents. As such the agency welcomed the opportunity to work with FPAC towards reducing the response burden for companies in the forestry and wood sectors.

A strong collaborative working relationship between both parties has been integral to ensure that proper quality control measures are in place to verify the data. FPAC’s willingness to respond to Statistics Canada’s data queries in a timely fashion and share their expertise has led to improved sector knowledge by government in addition to a high-quality dataset.

Under a data-sharing agreement, Statistics Canada shares the collected data with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) annually. These data have helped to improve the federal government’s awareness and understanding of the progress Canada’s forest sector has made towards the generation of renewable energy and lowering of GHG emissions.

Benefits of this Agreement for FPAC and Canada’s Forest Products Sector

As the first industry association in the country to sign such an agreement with Statistics Canada for the ICE Survey, FPAC has found this partnership to be very beneficial for our sector and would encourage other sectors to consider a similar arrangement. Partnerships like this one allow us to gather quality data, and work in a way that is efficient, timely, and cost-effective.

Prior to 2015, FPAC issued its own in-house annual survey which collected much of the same data that is collected by Statistics Canada, and more. By signing an agreement with Statistics Canada for data collection in relation to the ICE survey, FPAC streamlined the process across our industry, minimizing the reporting burden for the pulp and paper and wood products sectors, while getting Statistics Canada important data that it requires to do its work.

Through the creation of an industry-specific reporting guidance document, FPAC also ensured a representative dataset for the industry was captured to ensure clarity and consistency in reporting. An industry-wide coordinated approach helps us bring comprehensive and reliable information to support data-driven decision making.  To further strengthen this partnership, FPAC conducts quality control and seeks timely feedback from industry partners in order to ensure data accuracy.

Statistics Canada and FPAC are proud of the positive outcomes that have been achieved through this innovative partnership. We remain committed to continuing this work and to identifying new opportunities to work together to realize win-win solutions.


Derek Nighbor                                                                                Anil Arora

President and Chief Executive Officer, FPAC                         Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada

For more information contact:
Kerry Patterson-Baker
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
Follow FPAC on Twitter: @FPAC_APFC
September 20, 2021
Canada’s Forest Sector Announces Awards of Excellence Recipients, Celebrating Its Best and Brightest
As National Forest Week is celebrated across the country, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is seizing the opportunity to announce the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence program – which recognizes the outstanding men and women across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to the forest sector and to forestry communities.
Read This
September 20, 2021
PEI Senator Diane Griffin & Marc Joron of Timmins Honoured as Community Champions by Canada’s Forest Products Sector
Today, FPAC announced that Senator Diane Griffin and Marc Joron of EACOM Timber Corporation have been honoured with the Forest Community Champion Award.
Read This
September 20, 2021
Fabian Glowalla of Mercer Celgar Pulp in Castlegar Receives Innovation Award from Canada’s Forest Products Sector
Today, FPAC announced that Fabian Glowalla of Mercer Celgar Pulp in Castlegar, BC is the recipient of the 2021 Innovation Award.
Read This
September 20, 2021
Janet Lane of Dryden, Ontario & Marc Bédard of Montreal, Quebec Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada’s Forest Products Sector
Today, FPAC announced that Janet Lane of Domtar Corporation in Dryden, Ontario and Marc Bédard of Resolute Forest Products in Montreal are recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Read This
September 21, 2020
Lisa Raitt Honoured As Community Champion By Canada's Forest Products Sector
Forest Products Association of Canada recognizes former minister Lisa Raitt's leadership in the forestry sector with Forestry Community Champion award
Read This
November 13, 2019
The Search for Canada's Greenest Workforce
Canada's forest industry is a top employer and global leader in sustainability, forest management, clean technology and innovation
Read This
March 21, 2019
Standing Tall with Canada's Forest Workers on International Day of Forests
Forest Products Association of Canada celebrates forestry communities, workers and world leading forestry management for International Day of Forests
Read This
February 20, 2019
Opinion | Workforce Diversity - Canada's Forest Sector Branches Out
Forest Products Association of Canada embraces diversity and encourages women and indigenous to join the forestry workforce
Read This
September 5, 2021
Aurelia Jas: The Forbidden Site Prep Tool: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
I got a set list of blocks that were to be sprayed, and I needed to walk them to ensure that all waterways had 40-meter buffer boundaries flagged off and check to make sure that all other ephemeral streams were either dried up or not flowing. The last thing we want is to get chemicals into a waterway!
Read This
September 5, 2021
Aurelia Jas: Summer Came and Went: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
I was hired as a Woodlands intern with Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie, which meant that I would be working within silviculture, operations, and planning in a split role. My summer was filled with all sorts of different jobs, such as boundary layout, block re-ribboning, drone flying, road maintenance, and many other jobs that continuously kept me on my toes.
Read This
September 4, 2021
Aurelia Jas: Drone Flights and Road Reclamation: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
I’ve seen firsthand the effort that is taken to ensure that harvesting is done in the most sustainable way. Recent cut blocks are surrounded by multi-age stands, varying from 20 to 60 years old, ensuring that a large span of land is never cut at once. Having multi-age stands is important in ensuring that wildlife and biodiversity still have room to grow while we fulfill our wood needs.‍
Read This
September 3, 2021
Emma Schlosser: My Final Blog: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
I wanted to use this blog to reflect on my summer and share some of my experiences. As you all know, this summer I worked at Alberta Newsprint Company, however, one thing I did not tell you in the beginning is the many different departments I worked in! So here is a fun little timeline from my summer:
Read This
August 26, 2021
Universal Access to High-Speed Internet must be a National Priority
It is our hope that during this federal election campaign all parties will continue to support the important call to ensure all Canadians have reliable access to high-speed internet. The future of our northern and rural communities and their ability to strengthen their post-pandemic economies depends on it.
Read This
August 11, 2021
Canada’s Forest Sector Strongly Supports National Adaptation Strategy
Canadian forestry welcomes the opportunity to do our part so that Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy sets clear targets and performance measures for action that will better protect Canadians and Canadian jobs from climate-related threats like drought, pest outbreaks, wildfires, and floods.
Read This
July 15, 2021
Canadas Forest Sector Announces Winners of Annual Green Dream Internship Program
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Green Dream Internship Program. Winners will blog about their work experiences in Canada’s forests and mills over the course of the summer. 
Read This
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.
Read This