Coast Forest Products Association is pleased at the federal government’s budget announcement that continues to build on nine years of recognition for the key importance of our forest industry. Included in the 2015 budget is support for manufacturing, skills development, expanded trade and for the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. Also included is further funding for the Forest Innovation Program and the Expanding Market Opportunities Program.
Even after a thirty-year career in the industry, I often tell people that fresh information about British Columbia’s coastal forest industry crosses my desk every day. One recent example came from a new report by Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC). The report cited that of all jurisdictions in North America today, BC has the largest economic output from its forest industry.
This speaks volumes about the impact of forestry on the lives of British Columbians.
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The BC Wood Design Awards presented by Wood WORKS! BC reached its 11th year, once again including people from the industry, media, and the community to celebrate beautiful architectural and structural wood design. Guests were welcomed at the Vancouver Convention centre, which itself is an innovative example of wood construction.
ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY With 1.2 billion people constituting the fourth largest consumer market in the world, India represents an overseas export opportunity clearly visible on the horizon for Canada’s forest products industry.
Having taken part in trade missions to India over the past three years, the most recent consisting of a 26-member delegation in February, it was apparent that the Indian market has a strong demand for wood not currently met through its traditional supply chains. Visits to major manufacturers, meetings with key buyers and influencers, and learning more about the developing local manufacturing conditions just reinforces this fact.