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Ontario’s Forest Bio-Economy Advantage

With its abundant and sustainable wood fibre supply, robust forestry and research infrastructure, strong cross-sectoral partnerships, skilled workforce and access to global markets, Ontario is well positioned to become a leader in low-carbon, forest-based solutions.


Abundant High Value Wood Fibre Supply

Ontario boasts more than 71 million hectares of forest land, roughly 2% of the world’s forest resources. Forty percent of Ontario’s forests are managed public forests which are managed through our world-class management framework. This framework mandates long-term sustainability, the maintenance of ecosystem values and processes, public consultation and accountability. 

Want to learn more about Ontario’s wood fibre supply and forest composition?

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Existing Forest Sector Infrastructure

For generations, the forest industry has been an important driving force of Ontario’s economy. Our forest sector infrastructure consists of the logging, wood products manufacturing, and the paper and allied industries. Experienced supply and service firms support each of these sectors.

Learn more about Ontario’s existing infrastructure on the ForestEDGE

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Research Capacity

Ontario is home to a robust ecosystem of research institutes, universities and colleges working at the forefront of research & development for forest-based products.

Several of these research organizations are a part of our collaboration network, Nextfor.


Ontario’s sustainably harvested forest resources provide low-carbon solutions for heavy industry and other key sectors. Several of these strong, cross-sectoral relationships have been developed through our collaboration network, Nextfor.

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Skilled Workforce

Ontario’s long-established forest industry has created and sustained a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The province also boasts a robust network of secondary mechanical, civil, and trades companies that have supported the forest and mining industry for generations.

Strategically Located

Ontario is strategically located next door to the world’s largest economy. In 2018, Ontario exported almost $6.5 billion (CAD) in forest products to the United States, accounting for more than 96% of the province’s total wood product exports. But Ontario’s opportunity doesn’t end at the U.S. border. In 2018, Ontario exported more than $6.7 billion (CAD) in exports worldwide.

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The Road to 2030

Ontario is on its way to becoming a global leader in advanced wood-based materials & building solutions. We’ve compiled an overview of Ontario’s opportunities in forest bio-refining from now through 2030.

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