The forest industry in New Brunswick will return to its
pre-2004 trend growth.
New Brunswick’s forestry industry consists of logging, the manufacturing of pulp and paper products, and the manufacturing of wood products. As defined by Natural Resources Canada, logging, or forestry, is the process of harvesting, cutting, and preparing timber. Pulp and paper manufacturing involve the production of everyday items, such as tissue or newsprint, by milling softwoods and
hardwoods into pulp. Finally, wood product manufacturing consists of processing veneer and plywood, producing millwork, and wood preservation. All three sectors of New Brunswick’s forestry industry are important to the growth of provincial and national GDP.
According to the provincial government, the effects of global competition have caused New Brunswick’s forestry industry to decline. Decreasing numbers in the forestry sector’s labour market over the last two decades have also led to a lack of skilled workers.
Forestry is both a large industry in New Brunswick and a critical source of export products for the province. The 2014 Value-Added Wood Report calls New Brunswick a “forest province” because 85% of the province’s landscape is covered by trees.
New Brunswick’s forestry industry should continue its export strategy concerning manufactured products, as well as work towards attracting skilled workers to fill open positions.