- British Columbia’s forest sector is a key economic driver and a fundamental component of the economic and social fabric of dozens of B.C.’s communities.
- In 2016, the value of B.C. forest product exports was $14 billion, up 84% since 2009.
- Forestry accounts for 35% of all goods exported from B.C.
- In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector provided 60,000 direct jobs.
- Since 2001, B.C.’s forest sector has become more diversified:
- There are 58 communities that have acquired a community forest or are close to getting one (compared to one in 2001).
- There are over 860 active woodlot licences. Woodlots are often family owned and operated.
- First Nations now hold over 10% of the provincial allowable annual cut, up from 3%. Since 2003, 177 First Nations have benefited from over $448 million in revenue sharing and have received access to more than 146 million cubic metres of timber.
- B.C. continues to be a world leader in sustainable forest management with more than 52 million hectares certified to one of three independent and internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. This is more than any other jurisdiction in the world, apart from Canada as a whole.
- B.C. is one of the world’s largest exporters of softwood lumber.
- In 2016, the total volume of B.C.’s lumber exports worldwide was 12% higher than in 2015, and the total value of those exports was up 20%.
- While the United States is B.C.’s number one market, China has grown to become the second largest. In 2003, B.C. established a forestry trade office in China, and as a result, lumber exports to China have increased from $69 million in 2003 to over $1.4 billion in 2014 – an increase of 2,000%.
- To grow and expand B.C.'s markets in Asia, the Forests Minister is committed to annual forestry trade missions to Asian markets with the forest industry.
- The growth of markets in Asia helps reduce B.C.’s reliance on the U.S. market; and the growth in China kept at least a dozen mills operating in B.C. during the recent economic downturn.
- B.C. continues to focus efforts on maintaining and expanding our Asian markets, especially, China, Japan, South Korea and India.
- Since 2001, the Province has spent $1 billion on mitigating the economic and environmental impacts of the mountain pine beetle and preparing communities for transition.
- The $100-million Rural Dividend and Forest Enhancement Society, backed by $235 million, are two more programs that may assist forestry dependent communities in B.C.’s Interior.
- In 2013, the Province released a 10-year Strategic Forest Inventory Plan, supported with $8 million annual funding for the life of the plan. Through this plan, 35 million hectares will be inventoried in mountain pine beetle affected and other priority areas.
- The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has and will continue to implement policy and program changes to ensure maximum use of the beetle-attacked timber and to help ensure that more beetle-attacked timber can be harvested economically.
- Policy changes and new tenure opportunities have led to the growth of the wood bioenergy sector, and increased use of residual fibre by pellet plants and the pulp and paper sector.
- In 2012, B.C.’s production of wood pellets increased to about 1.95 million tonnes, almost double the volume produced in 2010.
- B.C. plants an average of 218 million trees each year, and is anticipated to plant more than 266 million in 2017.
- Since 2005, the provincial government’s Forests for Tomorrow program has invested $445 million, surveyed 1.7 million hectares and planted more than 193 million seedlings on over 138,000 hectares.
Media RelationsMinistry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations