Independent Certification

Canfor is one of the few primary lumber manufacturers to offer products certified to all of the independent certification programs in North America – the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management Standard, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®). CSA and SFI are fully endorsed by the international umbrella organization for certification, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Canfor actively contributes to the development of forest certification standards. Our British Columbia Chief Forester is a member of the Standards Development Group responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction for the revision of the FSC forest management standard in Canada. The Planning Manager for the Forest Management Group sits on the CSA Sustainable Forest Management Technical Committee.

In total, 98.7% of Canfor’s woodlands operations are certified to the CSA, SFI or FSC standards for sustainable forest management.

Canfor Pulp Certified Fibre Percentage


Canfor Pulp gives preference to suppliers that offer third-party certified fibre, and 78% of our fibre is from third-party certified sources covered by a complete chain of custody. The actual percentage is higher but in some cases a chain of custody is not in place.

We have set a target of 82% certified fibre for 2015. We missed this target in 2014 because of the closure of Canfor’s Quesnel operation, and the impact of trading chips from other facilities.

Canada and United States Lead the World in Certification

There are three internationally recognized certification programs in North America: Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), and Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI® ). Recent statistics show Canada and the United States are leaders in forest certification globally, which highlights the commitment to sustainability of North American forest managers.