Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)

Visit the website at http://www.fpac.caFPAC-logo-100-anniv

“The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. Canada’s forest products industry is a 57 billion dollar a year industry that represents 12% of Canada’s manufacturing GDP. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in 200 forest-dependent communities from coast to coast, and directly employing 230,000 Canadians across the country.

FPAC represents the largest Canadian producers of forest products, and all FPAC members are signatories of the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. Our members are responsible for 66% of certified forest lands in Canada. Third-party certification of member companies’ forest practices is a condition of membership in the Association – a world first.”

The FPAC site offers background information and links to a number of important programs and initiatives.  These include:

Goal to “generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity from new innovations and growing markets. (PDF summary)

  • Biopathways

Designed and executed with FPInnovations and the Canadian Forest Service, bio-pathways quantitatively compares differed fibre use options with three metrics : economics (e.g. return to capital employees), social (e.g. number of jobs) and environmental (e.g. carbon sequestration).  Included for comparison are conventional products such as lumber and wood-based panels, and emerging products including a number of bio-energy and bio-chemical possibilities.  Clink on the following for the summary and synthesis reports:


An opportunity for all to get involved and benefit from the Biopathways initiatives.

This initiative advanced the Biopathways concept with a focus beyond commodities in the world of bio-materials, with a focus on the biggest end-use of traditional solid wood products, building construction.  A thorough investigation of both existing and ‘in-the-pipeline’ innovative products are investigated, in terms of reviewing what now exists globally, what specifiers (including architects) are seeing as the mega-trends of change, and a look to how to foster such innovations along the value-chain.  Click on the following for the executive summary and for the ‘Voice of the Construction Industry’.


“FPAC, its members and nine leading environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, signed the largest conservation agreement the world has ever seen in May 2010. It covers more than 72 million hectares of public forests licensed to FPAC member companies across Canada. It is a concrete commitment between FPAC members and environmental groups to work together in the marketplace and on the ground to support sustainable forest management.”