About Us - What We Do
COFI advances the strategic interests of the BC interior forest industry with government and the public. As the representative of the world’s most vibrant and sustainable wood products manufacturing sector, COFI is the unified voice of BC’s forest industry recognized for its:
- Advancement of the strategic priorities of industry
- Strong and vital relationships with government
- Connection to community
- Voice on forestry issues provincially and nationally
- Policy advice and expertise
- Quality assurance services to its members
COFI works with all three levels of government to maintain a healthy, diversified, market-based industry, and to ensure that BC maintains its competitive advantage in an increasingly global marketplace.
COFI members and the communities in which they operate enjoy a symbiotic relationship. In many of them, our members are the largest employers, and the greatest contributor to the industrial tax base. Strong relationships between industry and community are vitally important to us. Through its community relations program, COFI supports our members in maintaining two-way communication with communities, ensuring community leaders understand the forest industry’s importance to their communities while at the same time ensuring our members understand community priorities and concerns.
Policy and Regulation
A fair and balanced policy environment that supports a safe, sustainable and competitive forest industry is vital to the well-being of British Columbia and its citizens. COFI advocates for policies and regulations in the arenas of forestry, environment, occupational health and safety, labour and transportation that are effective, maintain forest sector competitiveness and support environmental sustainability and worker safety.
Forestry in British Columbia is inherently an export-driven industry, with the majority of products manufactured by COFI members destined for the U.S., Asia and Europe. Through its market access and trade division, COFI seeks to secure and develop international markets for forest products. COFI coordinates all of its market access and trade activities with the Canada Wood Group, a coalition of Canadian industry trade associations.
COFI employs a field staff of experienced quality control supervisors who are highly respected for their knowledge and integrity in the supervision of lumber production, grading and grade marking. COFI is accredited by the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC) and the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board (CLSAB), among other organizations, to provide lumber inspection, certification and grade marking in accordance with the provisions of both organizations.
Tomorrow’s workforce is being educated today. One way COFI addresses the need for future labour and leadership is through its hallmark Forest Education Program. The Forest Ed Program provides current, balanced and factual information for educators and students about BC’s rich, world-class forest resources and forestry issues as they relate to communities.