In 2016, Canadian production of solid wood products saw strong growth thanks to rising U.S. demand, while production of pulp and paper continued to decline.
- Production of softwood lumber increased by 6.2% and production of structural panels increased by 9.6% in 2016 over 2015 levels. This is the highest level of production for these two products since 2008, though still below historical peaks.
- Newsprint production fell by 4%, and production of printing and writing papers and of wood pulp showed small declines, 1.4% and 0.3%, respectively.
Canada is the world’s largest producer of newsprint, the largest producer of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and the second-largest producer of softwood lumber.
|Year||Newsprint||Printing and writing paper||Wood pulp|
|Year||Softwood lumber||Structural wood panels|
Why is this indicator important?
- Canada is one of the top manufacturers of forest products in the world.
- Production is one of the first indicators to respond to economic and market challenges.
What is the outlook?
- In the short term, fibre supply constraints and the ongoing Canada–U.S. softwood lumber dispute will likely negatively impact the production of softwood lumber and, to a lesser degree, of structural panels.
- Production of engineered wood products is expected to be positive, although this segment is still very small overall.
- Production of paper products will continue to vary, with growth in consumer segments (tissue paper and packaging) partially offsetting further declines in newsprint and printing and writing paper.
- Production of wood pulp is expected to remain stable, as robust demand overseas offsets decreasing domestic consumption.
- APA – The Engineered Wood Association. Quarterly production reports.
- Pulp and Paper Products Council.
- Statistics Canada. CANSIM table 303-0064: Lumber production, shipments and stocks, by Canada and provinces. (accessed March 31, 2017).
- Data used for lumber production include total softwood production for Canada.
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