Canadian Statistics

2019 Year-end Statistics

The information on this page represents a “snapshot in time” taken on the date shown below the heading. Changes to certificates take time to be communicated from certification bodies to the standards, then be reflected in this data. Corrections are welcome and discrepancies should be reported to the appropriate standard (CSA, FSC or SFI) for resolution.

Forest Management Certifications – Detailed Report : 2020 Yearend SFM Certification Detailed Report

Forest Management Certifications – Summary Report : 2020 Yearend SFM Certification Summary Report

Forest Management Certifications – All Statistics: Slides_2020 Yearend Certification Stats Final


SFM Certification in Canada 2000 to 2020

  • There are 164 million hectares where forestry practices are certified under one or more of the three certification programs used in Canada
  • The forestry practices in the vast majority of the forests in which forestry operations can occur are now certified

SFM Certification in Canada 2000 to 2020, by Standard


FPAC Members Contribution to Forest Management Certification in Canada

  • FPAC members account for 85 million hectares of forests where the practices are certified (including the double counting of areas certified to more than one standard) 

Canada’s Forest Management Certification in the Global Context

  • Canada has the largest area of forests where the practices are third-party independently certified (CSA, FSC, SFI) in the world.

Canada’s Contribution to Worldwide FSC and PEFC Certifications

  • 42% of the PEFC endorsed certifications world-wide (CSA and SFI), and 22% of the FSC certifications world-wide (Maritime, Boreal, British Columbia regional standards and draft Great Lakes St. Lawrence standard), are in Canada.

Canada has 36% of the world’s certified forest area. (This is based on net totals, after double counting of areas certified to more than one standard has been removed).

SFM Certification in Canada – 2020 Year End

Standard Used Acronym Area Certified (hectares)
Canadian Standards Association CSA 13,349,358
Forest Stewardship Council FSC 48,425,579
Sustainable Forestry Initiative SFI 121,950,670
Total Certified for all SFM Combined:
(including areas double counted)
183,725,607
Net Area Certified:
(double counting removed)
164,290,088