Infographic 2
An overview of the forest sector

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Infographic description

The title of the infographic is "An overview of the forest sector"

It includes multiple components including maps, graphs, pictographs and facts about the forest sector.

Text on the infographic, as well as bar chart and map data are as follows:

How much does Canada's forest sector contribute to the economy?

In 2014, gross domestic product (GDP) for the forest sector in Canada was $22.1 billion.

In 2016, forest product exports were valued at $29.5 billion.

In 2016, employment in the forest sector was 205,660.

Distribution of forest sector jobs across Canada, 2016 

A map indicates the provincial distribution of forest sector jobs:

Newfoundland and Labrador 1,285 

Prince Edward Island 550

Nova Scotia 4,345 

New Brunswick 12,655 

Quebec 63,880 

Ontario 43,065 

Manitoba 4,520 

Saskatchewan 3,290 

Alberta 16,180 

British Columbia 55,605 

Yukon Territory 120

Northwest Territories 160 

Nunavut 5 

The forest sector includes North American Industry Classification codes 113, 1153, 321 and 322.

How valuable are Canada's forest assets?

Forests provide many products, but also ecosystem services such as water filtration, air purification, carbon sequestration, and recreational and spiritual services.

In 2016, the value of Canada's accessible timber stocks—a component of natural resource wealth—was estimated at $215.4 billion.

Volume of roundwood harvested, 2015, as a proportion of Canada's total: 42% in British Columbia, 18% in Quebec, 17% in Alberta.

Communities for which the forest sector was a major source of income

The forest sector continues to be an important provider of jobs and income in communities across the country, particularly in smaller and Indigenous communities. It was a major economic driver for 105 communities in 2016 compared to 463 in 2001.

Two small maps indicate the geographic location of these communities.

Source: Statistics Canada, 2018, "Forests in Canada," Human Activity and the Environment (16-201-X). Based on data from Statistics Canada and Canada's National Forestry Database.

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