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Logging, 2016

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Released: 2017-12-19

Revenue from logging activities

$9.8 billion


4.7% increase

(annual change)

Revenue from all logging activities totalled $9.8 billion in 2016, up 4.7% from 2015. Logging (except contract) accounted for $5.1 billion, while contract logging accounted for $4.7 billion.

Total salaries and wages increased 1.8% in 2016. They amounted to $0.5 billion in the logging (except contract) industry and $1.1 billion for contract loggers. They therefore represented a larger proportion of total expenses for contract loggers (22.9%) than for loggers (9.4%). However, when adding subcontract costs to salaries and wages, the proportion to total expenses is the same for both industries (45%).

For all logging activities, the cost of materials and supplies increased 1.5% in 2016 to $4.9 billion. They accounted for 35.3% of total expenses for contract loggers, while they represented 58.7% for loggers. The main reason behind this difference is that loggers spend more for the purchase of raw material and subcontracts than contract loggers.

Together, the revenue from all logging activities in British Columbia ($4.8 billion), Quebec ($2.0 billion), Ontario ($1.1 billion), Alberta ($0.9 billion) and New Brunswick ($0.7 billion) made up 96% of the Canadian logging sector. While revenue from all logging activities increased in most provinces, the largest increases were registered in British Columbia (up $227 million or 5.0%), New Brunswick (up $108 million or 19.1%), Quebec (up $79 million or 4.1%) and Ontario (up $40 million or 3.9%). Decreases were posted in Manitoba (down $15 million or 26.7%), Nova Scotia (down $12 million or 10.4%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (down $6 million or 8.5%).

Contract loggers accounted for close to 72% of the revenue from logging activities in Alberta, compared with less than half in British Columbia (48%), Quebec (43%), Ontario (41%) and New Brunswick (33%).

  Note to readers

The logging industry is made up of two sub-industries: logging (except contract) and contract logging. The largest proportion of revenues for contract loggers comes from logging services provided on a fee or contract basis, while the largest share of revenues for the logging (except contract) industry are from logging operations on an own-account basis.

Changes in methodology were made to the Annual Survey of Manufacturing and Logging Industries beginning with the reference year 2013. Users should therefore use caution when comparing current data with historical data from before 2013.

For more information on the methodology changes, consult the document The Integrated Business Statistics Program in the Behind the data feature of our website.

Data for 2015 have been revised.

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