Building a Sustainable, High-Value-Added Forestry Sector in B.C.

By Jim Stanford, Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work
Centre for Future Work
April 4, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C.’s economy has always depended on its rich forests—from First Nations communities, through the early settler economy, to modern forestry practices and technologies. But in recent years the industry has been buffeted by a perfect storm of environmental, economic, and geopolitical challenges. Total production has declined by up to half in recent years, with devastating effects on employment, output, exports, and taxes. Dozens of remote and regional forest communities are unsure of their future, unless a viable and sustainable future for forestry can be achieved. The three major unions representing forestry workers in B.C. recently came together to host a special Forestry Summit. The Summit featured a report, co-authored by Jim Stanford (Director of the Centre for Future Work) and Ken Delaney (from the Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition). The report describes the forestry crisis, and maps out the major elements of a sector strategy to preserve jobs and workplaces…

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