Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy

Published on August 26, 2020

As the province continues to safely and gradually reopen, the government is committed to encouraging economic growth and job creation in the forest sector. Sustainable Growth: Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy is this government’s plan to create jobs and encourage economic growth in the forestry industry, supporting the Indigenous, northern and rural communities that depend on the sector while ensuring the province’s forests are managed sustainably for generations to come.


Ontario is a world leader in sustainable forest management. We know that for the forest sector to remain strong and vibrant in the long term, we need to ensure that our Crown forests remain healthy, diverse, and productive. That is why the fundamental pillar of the strategy is promoting stewardship and sustainability. This new 10-year forestry strategy is deeply rooted in Ontario’s sustainable forest policy framework. Ontario’s forest sector plants approximately 73 million trees annually and drops an additional 365 million seeds aerially on harvested Crown lands to help regenerate our forests.


We also recognize the industry’s important role in meeting a growing consumer preference for renewable and more environmentally friendly products, which can help mitigate climate change by reducing our reliance on materials like single-use plastics. Wood and its components are critical to our everyday lives for use in products like toothpaste, food thickeners, toiletries, diapers, sterilized medical and food packaging, adhesives, car parts, cosmetics, chemicals, advanced construction materials and even clothing.


Ontario’s forest industry is critical to the provincial economy and many Indigenous, northern, and rural communities, generating over $18 billion in revenue and supporting approximately 147,000 direct and indirect jobs in regions with few other industries. Ontario will continue to work with Indigenous partners, the forest industry and municipalities to implement actions outlined in the strategy.


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