S.N. Particular   Time of Information Source
01 Country Canada    
02 Population (Million) 38.0 2020(E)
03 Total Pulp/Paper/Paperboard Production 9.473 2019 FAO
03.1 Corrugated/Packaging 3.455
03.2 Newsprint 2.57
03.3 Graphic Paper (New Classification) 5.27
03.4 Others 0
04 Import 2.434
05 Export 6.70
06 Net Consumption 5.209
07 Per Capita Consumption (Kg./year/person) 139
08.0 Recovered Paper: Collection 2.700
08.1                              Import 1.383
08.2                              Export 1.686
08.4                              Consumption/Usage 2.397
09.0 Wood Pulp:           Production 16.815
09.1                              Import 0.398
09.2                              Export 9.676
09.4                              Consumption/Usage 7.537
10 No. of Pulp/Paper Mills      
11 Main Raw Materials Soft & Hard Wood    
12 Major Companies Resolute, Domtar    

All Production, Import, Export and Net Consumption numbers are in Million Metric Tons (1,000,000,000 Kg.)
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  • Forest Sector Revenues: $58 Billion
  • Forest Sector GDP: $19.9 Billion
  • Share of GDP: 1.25%
  • Share of Manufacturing GDP: 12%


  • Average Wages per Employee : $1,082/week (19% above the national average)


  • Wood Products Manufacturing (2012): $59 Million
  • Pulp and Paper (2012): $139 Million
  • Forestry and Logging (2012): $6 Million 


  • Pulp: $7 Billion
  • Paper: $8.7 Billion
  • Wood: $12.7 Billion
  • Total Exports: $29 Billion
  • Trade Surplus: $19 Billion

Source: Statistics Canada, 2014

Paper trail: The decline of Canada's forestry industry

For almost a century, the pulp and paper mill that hugs a sharp bend in the Rainy River in Fort Frances, Ont., provided work for members of Bob Armit's family.

Mr. Armit's grandfather, Ed Calder, helped build the mill more than 100 years ago. His father, Charles Armit, worked in the mill's logging camp and later became an accountant at the mill. Bob Armit worked there for 28 years and his son Victor another 16.

But Victor may be the end of the line. After idling one of the plant's three paper machines in 2012, Resolute Forest Products Inc. officially announced the closing of the operation on May 6, eight days before the facility's 100th anniversary.

Unless a buyer can be found, the mill will no longer provide jobs for younger Armit's or the next generation of any family in the town of 7,700.

There's something wrrate communications, says the forest products company has offered the same deal on wood to all the companies it has spoken to about buying the mill. Those include Canadian, U.S., European, Chinese and other Asian companies.

Resolute did the harvesting, fibre would be delivered on an open book, full transparent, true cost basis, Mr. Kursman says. Parties looking at the mill were also given the option of harvesting their own fibre, with saw-log-quality logs going to the sawmills and pulp-quality logs going to the pulp mill.

He notes that the mill posted an operating loss of $88.3-million between 2009 and 2014.

Ms. Mainville spoke at a recent protest rally in the town, where she urged the provincial government to intervene.

An operating mill provides some hope and opportunity for younger generations to remain in the area, she notes. Some members of her community are working in the Alberta oil patch, while some others are away four days a week hauling logs to Thunder Bay and elsewhere.

It's not just our kids in high school that don't know what the path is, I think it's all the high-school kids in the district.

Notable mill closures since 2005

  • Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Bathurst, N.B., 2005
  • AbitibiBowater, Stephenville, Nfld., 2005
  • Domtar, Cornwall, Ont., 2006
  • Western Forest Products, Woodfibre, Squamish, B.C., 2006
  • UPM-Kymmene Corp., Mirimichi, N.B., 2007
  • AbitibiBowater Inc., Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld., 2009
  • West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Kitimat, B.C., 2010
  • Resolute Forest Products, Brooklyn, N.S., 2012
  • Resolute Forest Products, Fort Frances, Ont., 2014
  • Resolute Forest Products, Shawinigan, Que., 2014
  • Cascades Inc., East Angus, Que., 2014
  • Resolute Forest Products, Iroquois Falls, Ont., 2014
  • Top 5 Wood Pulp Producing Countries (Million Metric Ton in 2019)

    Countries Million MT
      Production Imports Exports Net Consumption
    World 190.4 67.3 68.4 189.3
    USA 52.1 5.3 7.9 49.5
    Brazil 20.3 0.27 15.5 5.0
    Canada 16.8 0.40 9.7 7.5
    China 14.5 26.2 0.02 40.7
    Sweden 12.1 0.56 4.2 8.4

    Top 5 Wood Pulp Exporting Countries  (Million Metric Ton in 2019)

    Countries Million MT
      Production Imports Exports Net Consumption
    World 190.4 67.3 68.4 189.3
    Brazil 20.8 0.27 15.5 5.04
    Canada 16.8 0.40 9.7 7.5
    USA 52.1 5.3 7.9 49.5
    Indonesia 8.4 1.44 5.4 4.4
    Chile 5.3 0.02 4.7 0.60

    Tree planting is an instrumental part of mitigating climate change

    Edmonton, September 19, 2016 - Members of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) planted 74 million tree seedlings in Alberta's forests during the 2016 planting season. This means that for every Albertan, 18 trees were planted this spring and summer. The industry replants an average of 2 trees for every 1 that is harvested.

    "Our industry plants trees because we want a sustainable and green future for Alberta," said AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker. "We know that healthy forests are one of the best defenses against climate change. Planting trees also fulfills our commitment and obligation to the people of Alberta to regenerate all forests that we harvest. We take this commitment very seriously."

    Honourable Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, emphasized the importance of reforestation. "Our forests are essential to the quality of life in Alberta. They support a healthy ecosystem, thousands of well-paying jobs, and pristine recreational spaces. Government and the forest sector work closely together to maintain our forests for future generations."

    Planting trees supports renewable forests and provides jobs for Albertans. Tree planters, who are often youth and post-secondary students, worked 37,000 person days on replanting operations. Tree planting also creates jobs in support sectors like tree nursery employees and local businesses that supply goods and services to planting operations.

    More information can be found on our website at

    The Alberta Forest Products Association is a private, non-profit industry organization, representing lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper, and secondary manufacturing wood products companies operating in Alberta. AFPA member companies are active participants in sustainability advancements that contribute economic, environmental, and social benefits for Albertans.