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Snapshot: The Canadian lumber industry

Ottawa - Canada produced 54.5 million cubic metres of softwood lumber in 2012, up 5.0% from 2011, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.


Industry

November 15, 2013
By MRO Magazine


Industries

Ottawa – Canada produced 54.5 million cubic metres of softwood lumber in 2012, up 5.0% from 2011, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.

Softwood lumber accounts for almost 98% of Canadian lumber production. While softwood production rose in 2012, hardwood lumber production declined 13.2% to 1.3 million cubic metres.

While Canada is home to a variety of species, the spruce, pine and fir species accounted for 90.0% of the nation’s softwood production.

The top three softwood producing provinces are British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. British Columbia (53.5%), accounted for more than half of Canada’s softwood production in 2012, of which 83.1% (24.2 million cubic metres) was spruce, pine and fir.

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Quebec, the second largest softwood producer in 2012, had a 20.1% share of the national total, followed by Alberta (15.0%).

Of Canada’s total softwood excluding spruce, pine and fir produced in 2012, 90.1% was produced in British Columbia. British Columbia did not produce any hardwood.