BC Council of Forest Industries

BC Council of Forest Industries Latest Study

April 7, 2021 — the BC Council of Forest Industries was pleased to release of our new study ‘Contributing to a Better B.C.’ – 2019 Forest Industry Economic Impact Study.


The study confirms that B.C.’s forest industry continues to generate significant economic activity and contributes to a good quality of life for British Columbians in every region of the province.


The study found that in 2019, the provincial forest industry contributed:

  • $13 billion to B.C.’s GDP 
  • 100,000 good jobs for British Columbians
  • $8 billion in wages, salaries & benefits
  • $4 billion in government revenue to support health, education & more


Importantly, Indigenous communities are vital to B.C.’s forest products industry – as owners, business and stewardship partners and employees.


Over 5,300 Indigenous people are directly employed in the forest sector, more than any other resource sector in B.C. And as a previous supply chain study showed – 120 Indigenous Nations and affiliated organizations were active participants in B.C.’s forest industry in 2019, with close to $250 million flowing to Indigenous communities.


Of interest to you, your colleagues and members, a regional breakdown is provided in the report for the Cariboo, Thompson/Okanagan, Kootenay, Lower Mainland/Southwest, Vancouver Island/Coast, North Coast, Nechako and Northeast Regions.


For More Information
Alexa Young
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs

T: 778.229.6885
E: young@cofi.org