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Forest sector contributions to the provincial economy

Aerial view of forest operation

This indicator measures the economic benefits derived from harvesting timber and manufacturing forest products in the province.

What's happening

What's happening - Forest sector contributions

What we are doing

Saskatchewan has 8 large primary forest product facilities producing lumber, pulp and wood panels. In addition to these facilities, there are more than 210 smaller businesses producing a variety of primary and secondary forest products. More than 230 businesses provide goods or services that support primary forest products manufacturers, including road construction, logging, trucking, silviculture services and forest management.

In 2018, seven of the eight large primary forest products facilities were operating, and the sector sold over $1.2 billion worth of forest products. On average, over 75 per cent of the primary forest products produced in Saskatchewan (lumber, panels and pulp) are exported to other countries.

Forest products sales and exports

In 2018, the forest sector supported nearly 5,000 direct jobs.

Forest sector direct employment

Why it matters

Sustainable forest management includes balancing social, economic and environmental benefits from forest management activities. Full utilization of the annual allowable cut has the potential to generate more than $2.0 billion in forest products sales annually, and support nearly 7,000 direct jobs.

In 2018, forestry was the largest industry and a major employer in northern Saskatchewan, representing approximately one percent of the provincial gross domestic product. Forestry provides economic development and employment opportunities, resulting in improved quality of life for the people of northern Saskatchewan.

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