Brian Hawrysh | bhawrysh@bcwood.com

If you have not yet responded, there is still time to participate in the Canadian Forest Service Survey.

The Canadian Forest Service in Victoria, in collaboration with the BC Wood Specialties Group, is conducting an important survey to better understand BC’s value-added wood products sector’s challenges and contributions. Your participation will add to an accurate information base on the structure, performance, and needs of the secondary manufacturing sector.  The survey results will also assist decision-making on timber supply and access, and investments in marketing, technology transfer, product development, and worker training.

We are looking for additional responses from the secondary wood manufacturing sector, particularly the from furniture and log and timber frame home manfacturers to ensure the survey results are as robust as possible. The survey asks for information on production, employment, wood use, markets, marketing, and constraints to expansion. Our past studies have quantified the sector’s importance in producing jobs and value per unit of fibre used and allowed us to analyse sector trends since 1990.

Trends in British Columbia secondary manufacturing:

1990 1994 1997 1999 2006 2012
Firms 565 525 683 703 660 547
Sales ($ billions) 1.54 1.93 2.69 2.9 3.15 2.8
Employment 11,660 14,010 14,457 14,410 14,800 12,417

I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your efforts will add immensely to our understanding of BC’s value-added wood products sector.

An electronic version of the survey is available by contacting the Canadian Forest Service by email at nrcan.bcsurvey@canada.ca. The information collected in the survey will remain strictly confidential and no individual firm information will be shared or reported on.