World Leader in Forest Certification

Canada is a World Leader
in Forest Certification


The following information is provided by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). The statistics on certification in Canada have been compiled from information provided by the certification standards and found on the following websites:, (includes CSA data),

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is the voice of Canada’s wood products, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. FPAC represents the largest Canadian producers of forest products. Third-party certification of member companies’ forest practices is a condition of membership in the Association — a world first. Our members are responsible for the majority of certified forest lands in Canada.

Forest Certification in Canada:

Canada leads the world in attaining third-party sustainable forest management certification. This independent verification provides added assurance of responsible forest practices from a country with some of the world’s toughest and well-enforced forestry regulations.

The phenomenal growth of forest certification in Canada has been spurred on by a forest industry commitment to third-party certification. In 2002 the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) – whose members manage the vast majority of the commercial forest in Canada – became the only national forest trade association in the world to require members to certify their operations to any of the three major, credible standards recognized in Canada:

  • Canadian Standards Association (CAN CSA/Z809 or Z804)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Program (SFI)

Four years later that goal was met. This commitment has been instrumental in spurring the phenomenal growth of forest certification in Canada, allowing the country to meet the growing customer demand for certified forest products. SFM Certification Status in Canada—2011 Year-end

Standard Used


Area Certified (hectares)

Canadian Standards Association (CAN/CSA-Z804 or Z809)



Forest Stewardship Council



Sustainable Forestry Initiative



Total Certified for all SFM Combined: (some areas double counted)


Total Area Certified: (double counting removed)



Canadian Forest Sector Achievements (As of 2011 Year-end)

  • There are close to 151 million hectares certified to the three SFM certification programs in use in Canada.
  • Canada has the largest area of 3rd-party independently certified forests (CSA, FSC, SFI) in the world.
  • Canada has 40% of the world’s certified forest area.
  • FPAC members account for 85 million hectares of those certifications (counting areas certified to multiple standards only once)
  • The forestry practices in the vast majority of the forests in which forestry operations can occur are now certified.
  • The CSA Z809 and SFI standards have been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The FSC Canada Boreal, British Columbia, and Maritimes regional standards have been accredited by FSC International.
  • Canada has almost half of the PEFC endorsed certifications world-wide (CSA and SFI), and almost a third of the FSC certifications.

• FPAC Forest Products Association of Canada Website

• FPAC :Certification in Canada

Recognizing Environmental Responsibility

Increasingly, when buying wood or paper products, consumers are seeking assurances that the products come from producers that are sustainable and environmentally responsible. But how do consumers identify a responsible supplier of sustainable forest products?

Consumers should look for wood and paper that come from responsible sources that respect five key principles of sustainability; namely, suppliers that:

1) Harvest legally.

2) Regenerate harvest lands promptly.

3) Reduce waste, support recovery and recycling.

4) Reduce greenhouse gases and help fight climate change.

5. Welcome independent scrutiny of forest management practices.

(for more details, click here: FPAC : Feel Good )

Canada is a global leader in sustainable forest management. Customers and consumers alike can be assured that the forest products coming from Canada meet to their fullest the five key principles of being a responsible source.

• FPAC : Feel Good