Modernizing BC's Forest Sector
The Province of British Columbia is taking action to modernize the forest sector to meet with today’s current challenges and the opportunities in front of us. Modernization starts with setting intentions to change forest policy. Our work is based on what we have heard from you. We started by listening to understand the issues and dynamics, as we recognize we are not starting from scratch. B.C.’s forest sector has a long and complex history and our intentions to modernize policies that guide the sector and forest management will be approached with thoughtfulness and consideration to both our past but moreover our future.
B.C. aims to advance a series of policy changes based on the engagement and consultation that has occurred since 2017 with Indigenous Nations and stakeholders. These past engagements have addressed the Forest and Range Practices Act Improvement Initiative, the Old Growth Strategic Review, Interior Forest Sector Renewal and Coast Forest Sector Revitalization.
The Province will engage and consult with Indigenous peoples and engage with local governments, the forest industry, labour and other interest groups over the next many months. Modernizing forest policy will include a coordinated approach to the many forestry-related changes government is advancing.
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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.
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