Research centres and forests

The Canadian Forest Service conducts regional and national forest research activities in different locations across the country in state-of-the-art facilities.

Atlantic Forestry Centre

The Atlantic Forestry Centre (AFC) is Atlantic Canada’s centre of excellence in forest research, with a 100-year history of forest science in the region. Co-located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, the AFC plays a vital role in national forestry research. The centre is home to a renowned insect chemical ecology lab that provides advanced detection and management tools for insects affecting Canada’s forests. The AFC is  responsible for the management of the Acadia Research Forest. The National Tree Seed Centre, a valuable genetic bank for scientific research and conservation, is also located here.

Canadian Wood Fibre Centre

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is a virtual centre within the Natural Resources Canada–Canadian Forest Service (NRCan-CFS) with employees distributed across the country. Part of the CWFC’s mandate is to work closely with FPInnovations and other private and public stakeholders in the development and uptake of end-user relevant wood fibre research. The CWFC is responsible for the management of the Petawawa Research Forest.

Great Lakes Forestry Centre

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) has been a landmark in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, for more than 50 years. The centre is home to Canada’s Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories, a one-of-a-kind research facility that employs clean-room technology and allows scientists to study alien invasive insects. The GLFC has a worldwide reputation for scientific excellence and is a world leader in forest research.

Laurentian Forestry Centre

Located in Québec City, the Laurentian Forestry Centre (LFC) conducts research and knowledge dissemination activities on the forest ecosystem, its components, and their interactions. Our research covers areas such as climate change impacts and adaptation, forest ecology, forest pest biology and biological control methods, ecogenomics and forest ecosystem dynamics and productivity. To support this research, the LFC also has a collection of insects and fungi, state-of-the art laboratories, greenhouses, an experimental station in Valcartier, an arboretum, and several experimental plots throughout the province of Quebec.

National Capital Region

The National Capital Region (NCR) is located in Ottawa, Ontario. The NCR leads the analysis, development and implementation of strategic policies, initiatives and programs that support the socio-economic, innovation and environmental priorities of the federal government.

Northern Forestry Centre

Building on its strengths in both the social and biophysical sciences, the Northern Forestry Centre (NoFC) leads and contributes to integrated, interdisciplinary research on nationally significant sustainable forest management issues. The NoFC is located in Edmonton, Alberta. Staff collaborate closely with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, industry and universities in the three prairie provinces and Northwest Territories to address key questions associated with climate change (both forest carbon and impacts and adaptation), wildland fire and ecosystem processes.

Pacific Forestry Centre

The Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC), located in Victoria, British Columbia, works with forest sector stakeholders regionally, nationally and international to undertake the science behind challenging forest issues. The PFC is home to an internationally recognized collection of forest fungi and tree diseases, and the largest collection of forest insects in Western Canada. It is the headquarters of the Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System and the National Forest Inventory. PFC research activities include forest pests, forest resource survey methods, bio-energy, wildfire, forest sector competitiveness and the economics of international trade.