Canada’s rate of deforestation is zero and has been for over two decades (United Nations FAO State of the World’s Forests report issued in March 2007).
Canada has world leading forestry practices and regulatory regime – conclusion of an independent third party report conducted by Dr. Benjamin Cashore, Associate Professor of Sustainable Forest Policy, and Chair of the Program on Forest Certification at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Canada has 10% of the world’s forest cover and is home to 30% of the world’s boreal forest.*
Forest-based foods (such as berries and wild mushrooms) contribute an estimated $725 million to the Canadian economy.*
Most of Canada’s forest land (93%) is publicly owned.*
Annually, less than 1% of forests are harvested across Canada.*
Canada retains more (91%) original forest area than any other country in the world. (source: World Resource Institute Data Tables 2000-2001)
By law, all forests harvested on Canada’s public land must be successfully regenerated. *
About 85% of harvested areas on Crown land are regenerated naturally, while the remainder is regenerated through tree planting.*
Canada has more protected forest (over 40 million hectars) than any other country – 28 million hectares of these protected areas occur in the boreal. (source: A Global Overview of Forest Conservation, WCMC, UNEP, CIFOR, 1997)
Canada has the most (134 million hectares of certified forest- 75% of which is in the boreal) 3rd party independently certified forests (CSA, FSC, SFI) in the world. (source: Canadian Sustainability Forestry Certification Coalition, 2007)
Canada is the world’s largest exporter of forest products.*
For 324 communities, the forest sector makes up at least 50% of the economic base.*
Canada’s forest sector supports about 800 000 direct and indirect jobs-almost 5% of all jobs in Canada.*
About 80% of Aboriginal communities are in forested areas.*
* Source: Canadian Forest Service