Canadian Forest Service Publications

The structure and economic contribution of secondary manufacturing in British Columbia, 1990-1999. 2001. Wilson, W.R.; Stennes, B.; Wang, S.; Wilson, L. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Information Report BC-X-390. 43 p.

Year: 2001

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 18863

Language: English

Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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As in many other jurisdictions, British Columbia can no longer readily expand forest sector production and employment by drawing upon additional timber reserves, so it is seeking to expand value-added (i.e., secondary) manufacturing in forest products. Given the significance of the forest sector it is important that decision-makers seeking to promote an expansion in secondary manufacturing have accurate information. This report presents the results of a survey of the 1999 business year of the British Columbia solid wood secondary manufacturing industry, and compares these results with those of similar sector surveys undertaken for the 1990, 1994 and 1997 business years. The survey gathered operational, employment, production, marketing and financial information on nine defined product groups or business types for 1999. The sector information is analyzed to provide a quantitative and qualitative examination of the current structure and significance of the sector, and an analysis of sector trends.

Sector employment for nine business types totaled 20 191 person years and total sector sales an estimated $4.68 billion (about 26% of total British Columbia forest product sales). Sales for seven business types (excluding panelboards, shakes and shingles) totaled $2.90 billion, up about 8% from 1997 measured in nominal dollars. Direct employment coefficients for a standard volume of timber equivalent are estimated for each of the business types.