Canada’s wood product manufacturing industry experiences strong growth
Canada State of the Forest Industry Report

OTTAWA, Ontario -- Canada’s wood product manufacturing output nearly doubled from $9.99 billion in 2016 to $19.82 billion in 2021, according to the 2022 State of Canada’s Forest Report.

The annual report released by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources sheds light on the positive impact the flourishing forest and wood products industry has had on Canada’s economy at large. With 362 million hectares of forest area, covering 40% of the nation’s landmass, the wood product, logging and pulp and paper industries combined to contribute $34.8 billion to Canada’s nominal GDP in 2021, according to the report. That represents an impressive 53% increase over the 2016 total of $22.7 billion and an 87% increase compared to the 2011 total of $18.6 billion. 

According to Statistics Canada, the nation had nearly 7,300 secondary woodworking establishments in 2020. More than 5,800 of these operations produced household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinets. What’s more, their payrolls totaled approximately $2.2 billion.

Ontario, home to the 2023 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, ranks first with 2,881 secondary wood product manufacturers, followed by Quebec, 2,340; and British Columbia, 1,069.

See more statistics about Canada’s wood-based economy in the latest edition of FDMC’s almanac published in December 2022.

About the Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS)
WMS, Nov 2-4, 2023 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, is world-renowned as Canada’s preeminent industrial woodworking event. For more than four decades, WMS has connected Canada’s woodworking professionals with the world’s most prominent machinery manufacturers and suppliers. WMS 2019 attracted attendees from nine Canadian provinces and two territories.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo 2023 Exhibitor Prospectus
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The 2019 edition featured 75,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 175 exhibitors. 

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Gavin McAuliffe, exhibit manager, Corcoran Expositions at [email protected] or 312-265-9649.

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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.