National Forest Week puts focus on Canada’s growing forest sector
By Cindy Macdonald
As National Forest Week begins, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) reminds Canadians about the economic importance of the forest sector.
“With 10 per cent of the world’s forests, Canada’s forests are an incredible resource,” says David Lindsay, president and CEO of FPAC. “The forest sector is a vital economic driver in Canada, directly employing more than 230,000 workers in high-quality jobs, many in rural Canada and Aboriginal communities. Canadians can be proud that our forest management practices are internationally recognized as among the most rigorous in the world, ensuring the future of this incredible resource.”
National Forest Week, September 20-26, is a weeklong celebration of our forests and the vital role they play in the cities and towns across our nation.
Lindsay also commented on the promising future of the forest sector as an innovative contributor to a low carbon bio-economy.
“Canada’s forest industry is an integral contributor to our nation’s environmental reputation, our collective history, the national economy and the social fabric of hundreds of communities across Canada,” says Lindsay. “We call on all political parties to embrace enhanced international trade and strategic support for innovation for the forest sector so it can continue to compete internationally and create jobs and economic growth for the benefit of all Canadians.”
The $58-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2% of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.