Canadian Forest Service Publications

Secondary manufacturing of solid wood products in Ontario 2017: Structure and economic contribution. 2020. Bogdanski, B.E.C.; Sun, L.; Wong, L. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Columbia. Information report BC-X-451. 44 p.

Year: 2020

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40093

Language: English

Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)

CFS Availability: PDF (download)

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Abstract

This report presents survey results for Ontario’s secondary wood manufacturing industries in 2017. The survey compiled operational, employment, production, marketing, and financial information on eight business types. This was the first Canadian Forest Service survey of this segment of the Ontario forest sector. The Ontario secondary wood manufacturing sector has grown significantly over the past two decades. This sector struggled somewhat over the past decade following the Great Recession of 2009 but has recently shown signs of growth. In 2017, Ontario secondary wood product industries were largely concentrated in the heavily urbanized southern part of the province. The majority of the wood fibre (69%) was sourced from within Ontario. The majority of sales (68%) were to the Ontario market and the bulk of the rest went to the United States (25%). Two out of five responding companies planned to expand operations, though opportunities to do so were tempered by existing constraints. Lack of experienced labour and labour cost were identified as potential constraints, as were markets and finance.

Plain Language Summary

This report presents survey results for Ontario’s secondary wood manufacturing industries in 2017. The survey compiled operational, employment, production, marketing, and financial information on eight business types. This was the first Canadian Forest Service survey of this segment of the Ontario forest sector. The Ontario secondary wood manufacturing sector has grown significantly over the past two decades. This sector struggled somewhat over the past decade following the Great Recession of 2009 but has recently shown signs of growth. In 2017, Ontario secondary wood product industries were largely concentrated in the heavily urbanized southern part of the province. The majority of the wood fibre (69%) was sourced from within Ontario. The majority of sales (68%) were to the Ontario market and the bulk of the rest went to the United States (25%). Two out of five responding companies planned to expand operations, though opportunities to do so were tempered by existing constraints. Lack of experienced labour and labour cost were identified as potential constraints, as were markets and finance. In 2017 and excluding plywood and panelboard manufacturers, the sector consisted of 1210 firms that employed 26 115 people and had sales of $5.3 billion and used 9.3 million cubic metres of wood fibre.