Canada is a world leader in sustainable forest management.
Using wood is good – it is a carbon-positive, renewable resource –
and it is almost impossible to live a day without using wood products
in some form. Wood is a timeless product.
93% of Canada's forests are publicly owned.
Providing assurance that companies operating on these lands are bound by:
- Comprehensive legislation and enforcement
- 20-25 year forest management plans
- Rolling 5 year development plans and site-specific annual operational plans
- Forest management plans subject to public review
- Deforestation rate in Canada is almost zero (0.02%)
- Has close to 90% of the original forest cover, with a thriving forest products industry
- More than 31 million hectares of protected forests
- Less than 1% is harvested annually (including in the boreal forest)
- More than 75% of the protected forest and other wooded land are considered strictly protected where no logging or extraction is allowed
- By law, all harvested areas must be replanted
- Although 85% of regeneration occurs naturally, 500,000,000 trees are planted annually
An independent third party report concluded that Canada has:
- A world-leading environmental protection system relating to forestry practices
- A forestry policy and regulatory regime that is stringent and non-discretionary
- Enforcement measures that are some of the most advanced in the world
- With respect to critical issues such as illegal logging, Canada has the best controls and is the best country in the world to source your wood from