The Canadian government’s annual report on The State of Canada’s Forests 2019 was released in May 2020, providing updated data and statistics on the social, economic and environmental status of forests and forestry in Canada. As in past years, the data reconfirms that “Canada’s forests are vast and well-managed”, and that “Canada’s trading partners can feel confident that the Canadian forest products come from sustainably managed sources with strong environmental performance”.
This year, the report’s theme is “growing opportunities in our forests”. Feature articles are about the “second life” of trees in a low-carbon future, new technology in the forest industry, urban forests as well as women championing women in Canada’s forest sector.
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, says forests “remain a dynamic economic engine, contributing almost $28 billion to our GDP and providing jobs for more than 210,000 Canadians. In fact, the forest sector is a major contributor of jobs and income in about 300 communities.” Once again, the findings of the State of Canada’s Forests annual report offer good news for all Canadians, as well as anyone who uses forest products from Canada.