The forest industry has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in B.C. The industry is adapting, evolving and innovating, and continues to be one of the most significant economic drivers in the province.
145,000 jobs are tied to the forest industry, which is equivalent to one in every 16 B.C. jobs
The B.C. forest industry is tied to many other industries, including accounting, banking, engineering, consulting, advertising, and environmental services. Forest products companies are major purchasers of transportation services, energy, equipment, silviculture services, and other professional services such as foresters and geoscientists. In 2014, the industry invested $1.8 billion in construction, machinery, and equipment in B.C. These indirect jobs employ more than 82,000 people, for a total of more than 145,000 jobs for British Columbians.
B.C.’s forest industry contributes $12B to the provincial GDP every year
Taxes, stumpage and other fees from the industry provide about $2.5 billion in revenues to all three levels of government, about $1.4 billion of which goes to the province.
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