Forestry Support programs

Development and Support

Indigenous Forestry Support Program


helping Indigenous communities to create jobs and wealth through our Indigenous Forestry Program.

BC Coastal Forest Sector Hem-Fir Initiative


A key priority of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is to support the sustainable development of forests and the competitiveness of industries that use them.

Timber Harvesting Program 

Forest Tenures Branch The Forest Tenures Branch supports the Ministry’s provincial timber harvesting program by providing administrative and operational staff services as well as expert advice to executive, field staff and external clients.

Small Scale Salvage Program

Forest Tenures Branch 

Small Scale Salvage has been used as a tool to salvage and utilize small volumes of timber that would otherwise not have been harvested and to address forest health objectives. 

Timber Program

Mountain Resorts Branch

Provide expert professional and technical advice to both resort clients and to the MRB team regarding forest management including tenures, forest health, fire protection, forest legislation, timber cruising, timber harvesting, etc.

The First Nations Forestry Council Programs

The First Nations Forestry Council

Work with governments and others to ensure that First Nations needs, values, and principles are factored into forestry-related policy and program development, including monitoring, evaluating, influencing and providing policy advice and research

First Nations Forest Sector Technical Support Program

Provides technical support to First Nation communities to increase value derived from the forest resource by increasing productivity in harvesting, transportation and manufacturing; improving process, product attributes and quality; supporting product and market diversification; and fostering entrepreneurial investment. 

BC Bioenergy Network

The BC Bioenergy Network is led by industry and supports near-term bioenergy technologies and research to build a world-class bioenergy capability in British Columbia

Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC)

Works with forest sector stakeholders regionally, nationally and internationally to undertake the science behind challenging forest issues.

Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP)

University of British Columbia

The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) is Canada’s national centre for education, training and technical assistance for the wood products manufacturing industry. CAWP offers a wide range of training courses, professional e-learning programs, in-plant training, product development, and manufacturing improvement services. We also conduct and coordinate applied research and development, and support the award-winning B.Sc. in Wood Products Processing and its cooperative education program.

BC Wood 

BC Wood is a not-for-profit trade association that has represented British Columbia’s value-added wood products industry for over 25 years.  It is an industry-led association with a membership base of 120 specialty wood manufacturers and a board of directors that represents every value-added sector in every region of the province.

Vancouver Island Association of Wood Processors

The Vancouver Island Association of Wood Processors (VIAWP) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of independent, value-added wood products' manufacturers and specialty sawmills on Vancouver island.

Dungate Community Forest, Houston

BC Community Forest Association To sustainably manage the Community Forest through local input and control, for the economic, social, and environmental benefit of the community and land base.

Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation, Smithers & Telkwa

BC Community Forest Association

Maintain and sustain functional integrity of ecosystems, conserve and preserve cultural heritage sites and features, enhance outdoor recreation and education opportunities, and sustain, expand, and diversify local forestry employment.

Apprenticeship program - 15 forestry trades programs available

Industry Training Authority (ITA) BC

ITA is responsible for leading and coordinating the skilled trades training and credentialing system for the province. ITA provides strategic leadership, policy support and customer services to help apprentices, employers and industry. ITA sets program standards, maintains credential records and issues the highly regarded Interprovincial Red Seal and B.C. Certificate of Qualifications (C of Q) credentials.

Market Development

Market Initiatives program

BC Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) The Market Initiatives program encourages the development of export markets and new market segments. 

Wood First program

BC Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) The Wood First program aims to advance the use of wood building systems and technologies, and raise awareness of the province as a world leader in advanced wood construction and design.


BC Forestry Innovation Investment (FII)

Naturally:wood is a comprehensive information resource promoting British Columbia as a global supplier of quality, environmentally-responsible forest products from sustainably-managed forests.

Hardwood Research Initiative


Research initiative for improving the competitiveness of the hardwood industry in eastern Canada


In 2012, the BC Community Forest Association and the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations merged the Fibre Connections BC website into the website. This decision was made to ensure a long-term commitment to developing and sustaining an international wood marketplace for local and foreign buyers and sellers of BC wood products.

Wood Works BC

Wood Works is a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.




Development and Support

Indigenous Forestry Initiative

Natural Resources Canada

Promote greater participation by Indigenous communities in all natural resource sectors, especially the forest sector.

Forest Innovation Program

Natural Resources Canada

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP) was established to support research, development and technology transfer activities in Canada’s forest sector. 

Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program

Natural Resources Canada

To improve the environmental performance of Canada’s pulp and paper mills and by doing so, help lay the groundwork for a more sustainable and prosperous future for the sector.

Financial Support

Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program

Natural Resources Canada

The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program offers non-repayable contributions to successful applicants in the Canadian forestry industry to implement innovative, first-in-kind technologies in their facilities.