Economics & Statistics

The Economic Contribution of BC Forest Industry

The BC forest industry has been and will continue to be a key driver of the provincial economy and a significant contributor to government revenue at all levels.

Following the recession and particularly 2009, a modest industry recovery began. Lumber production and exports are trending up, largely because of market expansion in China, while sales of pulp and paper products declined in 2012 after increases in 2010 and 2011.

The industry represents 3% of provincial GDP.

Employment in the industry is growing with direct and indirect employment sitting just below 170,000 in 2012.

  • B.C. Forest Products Industry At A Glance PDF
  • Softwood Lumber Indicators Third Quarter 2014 – Graphs PDF
  • Softwood Lumber Indicators Third Quarter 2014 – Tables PDF
  • Softwood Lumber Indicators 2006 to 2010  SLA Indicators PDF

Want more? COFI Information Services (CIS) provides, on a subscription basis, reports on Canadian Softwood Lumber Production, Shipments and Exports; Wood Chip Data for British Columbia; B.C. Exports of Forest Products to Japan and USA; Canadian Export of Forest Products to USA; Canadian Exports of Forest Products to China; Canadian Exports of Forest Products to South Korea; Canadian Exports of Forest Products to Taiwan; Canadian Exports of Forest Products to Hong Kong. Reports are based on Statistics Canada data.

Or visit our statistics page with links to forest industry and government sites.