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The Forestry Industry on Vancouver Island


Forestry is an important driving force in the Vancouver Island economy, particularly in rural communities. As a world leader in sustainable forest management, BC is continuously improving legislation, policies, and practices surrounding key aspects of the forestry industry, including climate change, timber supply, tree growth and cultivation (silviculture), and forest health. 

Factors that impact the forestry sector include housing starts, commodity prices, timber supply, climate change, and export activity, as well as harvest, processing, and production. Learn more about VIEA’s Forestry and Wood Industry Initiative, including the Waste Wood Recovery pilot project.

For more detailed information on this sector including predictions, product volumes, employment, wages and number of business, consult recent editions of VIEA’s State of the Island Economic Report.