Interactive maps and graphs

We’re sharing our forestry data in a new way by using interactive maps and graphs. The information displayed below can also be found in our statistics database. If you have feedback, please email us.

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Intro tab

The State of Canada's Forests Annual Report tells the story of Canada's forests in 2016. Forests across the country can tell very different stories.

The following set of interactive graphs allows web users to make comparisons to better understand variations from coast to coast to coast. We built the graphs using the provincial and territorial comparison tables found at the back of the report.

We invite you to explore. To reset a graph, you can click on the circle with an arrow that appears on top of the green tab after you've made a change to the dashboard.

Disturbance tab

Disturbances by fire and insects are a normal part of life in the forest. By monitoring and measuring these two factors, we can see how forests are affected across the country.

Link to “Disturbances” in the statistics database.

Forest Management tab

In Canada forests are managed sustainably. We have almost 9% of the world's forest, and 37% of the world's certified forests. That means forest operations are assessed by an independent third party against recognized standards of sustainable forest management.

In Canada we rely on natural regeneration for 40% of harvested areas. Artificial regeneration (including planting) accounts for the remaining 60% of harvested areas regenerated annually.

Link to “Forest Management” in the statistics database.

Domestic Economic Impact tab

Canada is a major forest product manufacturer. Assessing the revenue from goods manufactured can give insight into the size of a province or territory's forest industry. Housing starts is one indicator affecting revenue as it is a major driver of lumber consumption.

Link to “Economic impact” in the statistics database.

Forest Industry Employment tab

The forest industry supports many workers across the country. In the employment graph we show you the Labour Force Survey for 2015. We also collect information based on the Suvery of Employment, Payrolls and Hours and the Canadian System of National Accounts. For these details, please visit our statistical database.

Link to “Employment” in the statistics database.

Trade tab

Traditional forest products form the backbone of the Canadian forest sector: Canada is the world’s largest producer of newsprint and northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and the second-largest producer of softwood lumber. In recent years traditional and other forest products have contributed 8% to 10% of Canada’s manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP).

Link to “Trade” in the statistics database.

How to work with interactive graphs and maps

Interactive graphs and maps can help us to better understand key trends in the forestry information in the State of Canada’s Forests Annual Report 2016. Here are a few tips on how to use them.

To undo an action, or reset a graph

Click on another tab and then return to the previous tab. For example, to reset a graph in the "Disturbance" tab, click on the "Forest Management" tab, and then return to the "Disturbance" tab. Or, you can click on the circle with an arrow that appears after you've made a change to the dashboard.

To move between tabs

Tabs are the green tiles across the top of the larger window that displays the maps and graphs. To navigate to a different tab, for example the “Disturbance” or “Domestic Economic Impact” tab, just click on it. When you leave a tab, it automatically resets to the original settings. The tab menu will always be visible.

To show only one province or territory in a map or a bar graph

Click on the item you want to see. A grey menu box will appear. If you wait a moment, another menu will rise and give you the option to "keep only" or "exclude" your selection. You can choose either. To undo this action navigate to a different tab, then return to the original tab that you were looking at.

A second way to show only one province or territory is to click on the item you want to see, but when the grey box appears, move your cursor away. Then you’ll see just the single item, but to undo, you click on a blank space within the map.

To group together one or more adjacent provinces and/or territories

Within one of the provinces and/or territories you’d like to select, click and hold. A light blue box should appear. Then drag your mouse to include the provinces and or/territories you’d like to see. A grey box should appear, and if you give it another moment, another menu will give you the action to “Keep” or “Exclude.” You can choose either.

You should next see the blue “thinking” wheel. Wait a moment, and the program will select that combination of areas. To undo this action navigate to a different tab, then return to the original tab that you were looking at.

A second way to show a group of provinces or territories is to click and drag on the items you want to see, but when the grey box appears, move your cursor away. To undo, click on a blank area within the map.

To group together one or more provinces and/or territories that are not next to each other

First method: Hold down the “Control” key, and click on the provinces or territories you want to compare. While you are doing this, the grey menu box will appear; to make it disappear, just keep moving your cursor. To undo, click on a blank area within the map.

Second method: Hold down the “Control” key, and click on the provinces or territories you want to compare. While you are doing this, the grey menu box will appear. Choose “keep only” or “exclude.” To undo this action navigate to a different tab, then return to the original tab that you were looking at.

To move the map side-to-side

Move your cursor to the left side of the map (still within the map). A rectangular menu will appear that has several icons. Click on the last icon, the triangle (below the house icon). A second, longer menu will appear horizontally. Click on the icon that looks like a plus sign with arrow tips. Then move your cursor back over the map to make the longer menu disappear. Your cursor should now look like the plus sign with arrow tips icon. To move the map, click, hold and move your mouse to position the map within the frame.

To zoom in

First method: Double click on the area you want to zoom in to. Second method: Move your cursor to the left side of the map (but still within the map). A vertical menu will appear. Click the plus sign and the map will zoom in.

To zoom out

Move your cursor to the left side of the map (but still within the map). A vertical menu will appear. Click the minus sign and the map will zoom out.

To search for a geographic area by name

Move your cursor to the left side of the map (but still within the map). A vertical menu will appear. Click the magnifying glass icon at the top. A text search box will appear. Enter the name of the city you’d like to see.

To show a bar graph in ascending or descending order

Start by putting your cursor in a blank area of the graph. Click, hold and drag to highlight all provinces and territories. Release the mouse. (If you miss one or two items after you’ve released your mouse, you can still include those by holding down “Control” and clicking on the items you missed.)

With multiple bars highlighted, hover over one of the bars. The menu will appear, but it will only show you one province or territory. Wait until the “keep only” or “exclude” menu rises up. It will also display two symbols, one that looks like an ascending stair case, and one that looks like an overhanging cliff. The stair case is to sort in ascending order, and the cliff is to sort in descending order. Click on your choice of order.

If you want to see it in reverse order from the order you just chose, just hover over one of the bars again. Wait for the menu to appear, and click on the ascending or descending icon. To undo, click on another tab and then return to the previous tab.