President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association
President’s Perspective – Ensuring the Forest Economy Continues to Provide the Standard of Living that British Columbians Enjoy
Our forest economy is modern and innovative – and as important as ever to the standard of living we enjoy as Canadians and coastal British Columbians. Therefore, as we prepare for 2017, we need to be aware of the fact that forestry jobs support the middle class, pay better than jobs in most other sectors, and are comparatively resistant to wage erosion. On the Coast, this translates to 38,000 forestry-dependent livelihoods which, in turn, keep communities like Port Alberni, Campbell River and Nanaimo and urban centres like Vancouver vibrant and alive.
Supporting coastal jobs and communities in 2017 will require a focused effort on the part of industry and all levels of government.