The City of Prince George is the centre of Canada's lumber, pulp and paper industries and has a globally competitive forestry industry that provides significant benefits to the local and regional economy. Twenty-eight percent of the City's income is directly and indirectly dependent on the forestry sector.
The forestry sector in Prince George consists of a complete supply chain network made up of a number of separate, but inter-connected activities including:
- 10 lumber mills
- 3 pulp mills (some of the largest and most technically advanced in Canada, able to produce 1.1 million tonnes of pulp annually)
- 1 paper plant (produces nearly 140,000 tonnes of both bleached and unbleached high performance Kraft paper products)
- 2 finger joint plants
- Planning, harvesting and forest management
- Road building
- Wood product manufacturing
- Wood engineered products
- Transportation and warehousing (CN plans to increase lumber transload capacity to over 30,000 containers annually, moving lumber, pulp, paper, and wood pellets to the Port Metro Vancouver and the Port of Prince Rupert for export to international markets)
- Forest product marketing
- Pulp and paper manufacturing
BC is a world leader in forestry with more than 53 million hectares of forests certified as sustainably managed under standards set by independent agencies, such as the:
View a copy of our forestry sector profile in English, Chinese or Korean.
Business opportunities related to the forestry sector in Prince George include:
- Manufacturing of wood engineered products
- Engineering and professional services
- Environmental impact assessment
- Workforce training and development
- Equipment rental, storage and maintenance
The Prince George Timber Supply Area (TSA) covers almost 8 million hectares and the city is home to Canfor, the largest Northern American producer of Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK) pulp. Since 2003, BC softwood lumber exports to China have increased by close to 2,000%, totalling $1.4 billion in 2013.
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You can also view the Supply Chain Connector database.
Education and training
For the forestry sector in Prince George, creation of industry partnerships for training and development needs are key, such as Canfor's partnerships with the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) for workforce development and training.
There are also a number of professional, scientific, and technical service companies that cater to the needs of the forestry industry in Prince George.
Forestry industry resources
The following links provide more information about the Canadian forestry sector: