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Forest sector contributions to the provincial economy

Aerial view of forest operation

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

What’s happening

What's happening - Forest sector contributions

What we are doing

Saskatchewan has 10 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 2017, seven of the 10 large primary forest products facilities were operating, and the sector sold nearly $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 2017, the forest sector supported 4,400 direct jobs with salaries of approximately $382 million and generated over $385 million in corporate and payroll taxes.

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.

Forestry is the second 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, and improved quality of life to the people of northern Saskatchewan.

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