Our Roots, Our Future highlights the role Canada’s abundant and healthy forests can play in our global future—from being a natural solution to climate change, to supporting our transition to a low-carbon society. To learn more, download our report.
How much forest does Canada have?
With nearly 10/ha per person, Canadians enjoy more forest area per person than any other country, at over 17 times the world average. Canada’s abundant and vast forests make up nearly 9% of the world’s total forest area.
Is timber being harvested sustainably?
Nearly 94% of Canada’s forests are on public land and all areas harvested on public land must be reforested - it’s the law. This ensures that our forests remain healthy and resilient for future generations and continue to provide societal benefit.
What role does sustainable forest management play in addressing climate change?
Our forests and how we manage them have a critical role to play in providing nature-based solutions to climate change. A climate-smart approach involves a balance of protection and harvesting, and healthy growth of Canada’s abundant and diverse forests.
How is wood contributing to a low-carbon society?
Canada is a global leader in finding new ways to sustainably use forests, whether that’s to strategically use long-life wood products or to provide society with more renewable energy options. Biomass is the second largest source of renewable energy after hydro electricity here in Canada.
How do natural disturbances shape Canada's forests?
Disturbances, including fire, insects outbreaks and windthrow, can impact and renew entire forest landscapes and, over time, will influence forest composition, structure and biodiversity. Natural disturbances are among the many factors that determine whether forests absorb or release more carbon each year.
What innovation is the forest sector driving in Canada?
Scientists and entrepreneurs are increasingly using forest biomass and bioplastics in items such as cell phones and batteries. These non-traditional uses are strengthening Canada’s bioeconomy and enabling the transition to a low-carbon society.
What is the rate of deforestation in Canada?
Deforestation in Canada is among the lowest in the world. 0.01% of Canada’s forest is lost to deforestation each year. Of this 0.01%, only 4% is due to the forest industry. In fact, nearly 94% of harvesting takes place on public lands, and by law, must be reforested.
What role can our forests play in reducing carbon emissions?
Through a balance of sustainable forest management, forest restoration, forest protection, healthy growth of Canada’s forests and best and innovative use of wood fibre, Canada’s forest sector has the potential to reduce emissions by 50 million tonnes annually by 2050.
Forest Data and methodologies continue to evolve; please visit https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/our-natural-resources/forests-forestry/state-canadas-forests-report/16496 for the latest information.