Sustainable forestry & certifications

Wood is the only material with third-party certification programs in place to verify wood products originating from a sustainably managed source.

British Columbia (B.C.), Canada is a trusted source for wood products obtained from sustainably managed forests that are certified to one of the three internationally recognized certification standards – PEFC (CSA, SFI) and FSC. B.C. is recognized as a global leader in sustainable forest management, meeting the environmental, social and economic needs of current and future generations. Stringent forest laws, skilled forestry professionals, comprehensive monitoring, compliance, and enforcement strengthen the province’s leading reputation.

The province’s rigorous forest management laws and regulations fully characterize what Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) means in B.C. and what actions may take place on public forest land.

Key facts

  • Only 11% of the world’s forests are certified and Canada has 37% of the world’s forest certification. Canada has 170 million hectares certified to at least one of the three internationally recognized forest certification programs – CSA, SFI and FSC.
  • Canada has 31% of all PEFC-endorsed certifications world-wide (CSA and SFI), and 22% of the FSC certifications worldwide. It stands as the international leader in forest certification with British Columbia, Canada contributing more than any other province.
  • British Columbia (B.C.) is world renowned for its sustainable forest management practices. At the end of 2017, B.C. had 50 million hectares of land certified to one of three internationally recognized certification standards – PEFC (CSA, SFI) and FSC.
  • B.C. has 57 million hectares certified to at least one of these three internationally recognized certification programs: 23.8 million hectares (45%) to CSA, 27.1 million hectares (52%) to SFI and 1.4 million hectares (3%) to FSC. Both the CSA and the SFI programs are endorsed internationally by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – which amounts to 97% of B.C.’s certified area.