Business and Forestry

Ontario’s forest industry has a long history as a significant economic engine. According to Statistics Canada, Ontario’s forest products sector had 53,500 direct jobs in 2011. In total, the forestry sector supports almost 200,000 direct and indirect jobs across over 260 Ontario communities.


Ontario is well positioned as a leading global forest jurisdiction. As the sector continues to embrace the emerging bio-economy and green technologies, it must also keep pace with industry changes around the world. Change and innovation are taking place. Ontario’s forests have become the source for cutting-edge products and services like engineered wood for buildings, smart paper, bio-plastics and new green energy solutions, all of which are experiencing increased global demand. 


Discover how MNR is promoting a strong, prosperous and healthy forest industry:


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Ontario Wood - the natural choice


Did you know that when you choose Ontario wood products for your building or renovation projects or for furniture and other household purchases, you are helping to support the hard working Ontarians and their families who make up Ontario’s forest industry, many communities across our province and our economy?


Why Ontario Wood? - Because it's local, because it's planet friendly, because it's about quality and choice.


Look for the Ontario Wood Symbol when you are shopping and support our industry! 

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The Value of Ontario's Forest Sector

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$11.9 billion (Statistics Canada 2010)

  • $7.03 billion - pulp and paper products;
  • $3.11 billion - sawmill, engineered wood and other wood product manufacturing;
  • $1.76 billion - value-added furniture/kitchen cabinet manufacturing;
  • $4.1 billion - forest products exports in 2011 – 94.1% bound for the U.S.

The Ontario Advantage:

  • A highly favourable business environment. Companies can take advantage of streamlined regulations and some of the lowest statutory tax rates in the G7.
  • A top-ranked business infrastructure. Ontario offers direct connections to North American and world markets.
  • A highly efficient transportation network. This includes 15 road, rail and marine border crossings with the U.S., plus 5 international airports and a network of regional airports. Many are only a 2-3 hour flight from major U.S. centres.
  • A highly skilled workforce. Our turnover rates in manufacturing were almost half that of the U.S.

Ontario is committed to sustainable forest management - healthy forests providing balanced environmental, social and economic benefits now and for the future.


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