Saskatchewan is fueled by demand for wood products and lumber. forest industry
SASKATOON – The Government of Saskatchewan estimates that forestry companies in the province are on track to harvest record levels of timber in 2021 and 2022.
The Department of Energy and Resources says a surge in the global residential construction and renovation materials market has increased demand for lumber, oriented strand board and treated wood products.
“If sales continue at this rate, we will see record revenues and record royalty revenues in the province. It has been a great achievement over the past year, ”said Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre.
The province reports a 30 percent increase in forest product sales in 2020 with more than $ 1.1 billion in forest products sold.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending a lot more time at home and not traveling as much and improving their homes, which has translated into a real increase in the amount of lumber used,” said the president of Carrier Forest Products Ltd. Guillaume Kordyban.
Carrier Forest Products operates a sawmill in Big River and has a lumber reloading division near Prince Albert.
Kordeban says most of its customers are in the United States, where the economy is doing well, which has helped increase their sales.
Over 75 percent of Saskatchewan’s primary forest products are exported to other countries, depending on the province.
The province has seven forest products factories that produce lumber, OSB and pulp, and more than 200 other companies that supply a variety of primary and secondary forest products.
The province estimates that there are nearly 8,000 jobs in the forestry industry in northern Saskatchewan.