Gain a long-term strategic advantage by locating your business next door to the world’s largest economy – the United States. As the U.S. and global economies grow, the demand for Ontario wood products will continue to rise.
Ontario is strategically located right 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 over 96% of the province’s total wood product exports.
Ontario has the infrastructure to get your product moving. For instance, the province is home to the Windsor-Detroit trade route, the single most important international land crossing in North America. The Windsor-Detroit trade route is responsible for 30% of Canada-U.S. trade carried by truck.
Ontario’s opportunity does not end at the U.S. border. In 2018, Ontario exported over $6.7 billion (CAD) in exports worldwide. Exports to countries such as India and Singapore have increased significantly (over four and almost nine times respectively) in the past five years, highlighting the growing global demand for our forest products.
Ontario has a vast and diverse forest resource to support your business needs. Whether you are looking to make lumber, pulp, or value-added products, we have what you need.
Ontario’s forest industry generated $18 billion (CAD) in total revenues in 2018 – and there is room for growth. The province’s forests can support a sustainable harvest of 30 million cubic metres annually, not all of which is currently being used. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry works with forest management unit managers and existing industry stakeholders to estimate the available wood supplies on each management unit in Ontario. This information can be used by potential investors looking for new manufacturing opportunities.
Ontario is home to 2% of the world's forest and is one of Canada’s most forested regions. Ontario’s forests consist of a variety of valued species including spruce, pine, poplar, birch, oak and maple which support a broad range of in-demand products such as lumber, pulp, furniture, flooring, oriented strand board, plywood, veneer and wood pellets.
Ontario’s forest sector is supported by a reliable and well-maintained network of roads to help you access the resources and raw materials you need. Through government cost-sharing programs, approximately 20,000 kilometres of forest roads are maintained and 800 km of new roads are constructed each year to provide reliable and cost-effective access to the province’s forest resources.
The vast majority (81%) of Ontario’s forests are owned by the province. Ontario’s government operates within one of the world’s most financially stable jurisdictions, ensuring secure, reliable and long-term access to the resources you need to succeed.
Ontario’s available fibre supply consistently exceeds the actual volume harvested annually, giving forestry companies the confidence to invest.
The global marketplace is increasingly demanding proof that wood products are coming from well-managed forests. As a demonstrated leader in sustainable forest management, Ontario provides companies with a distinct advantage on the world stage.
International studies by both Finnish research company Indufor Oy and Yale University have concluded that Ontario forest management standards are among the most responsible in the world and that Canadian provinces, including Ontario, are global leaders in sustainable forest management.
Canada (British Columbia and Ontario) and Australia (New South Wales) are the countries with the most demanding legislation on the studied elements
Ontario is a world-leader in third-party certification. Currently, over 75% of Ontario's Crown-owned lands that contribute to commercial forestry are certified to internationally recognized standards for sustainable forest management practices. Globally, it is widely reported that only about 10% of forests are certified. When it comes to customer assurance, Ontario is ahead of the pack.
Recent surveys indicate that the demand for certified forest products will only continue to grow. By investing in Ontario, you are securing your access to the global marketplace.
Ontario’s commitment to creating a competitive business environment does not end with low corporate taxes – there are multitudes of programs in place to help reduce costs for the forest sector across the board, including:
Other key initiatives in place to reduce costs and provide financial support to the forest sector include:
Ontario is a proven leader in forest product innovation. Through strategic partnerships and financial support for various research and development initiatives, Ontario’s forest sector is entering a new era of the bio-economy where value-added bio-chemicals and bio-materials are produced alongside existing products such as pulp and lumber.
Today, wood fibre from Ontario is already being used in the development of new and innovative products such as car doors, clothing, chemicals, cosmetics, and liquid bio-fuels.
As part of Ontario’s efforts to transform to a new bio-economy, the province established the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE) to support the creation of new and innovative jobs and businesses in the forest sector’s expanding bio-economy.
Since 2009, CRIBE has invested over $23 million in research and development projects, leveraging over $96 million in capital investments. That means that for every research dollar spent, almost four dollars have been invested in developing new product lines, demonstrating a high degree of investor confidence.