Local Communities

We are always balancing environmental, social and economic values in the regions where we operate. Our business only survives – and thrives – by developing, building and maintaining strong relationships and a track record of responsible operation in the regions where we operate. Between 2016 – 2017 we planted more than 126 million seedlings as part of our reforestation programs, a portion of the 1.7 billion trees we have planted since the Company was founded.

The majority of our operations in Canada and the U.S. are in rural communities and in many of these places, we are the largest employer. In these areas, our operations provide important tax revenue streams to local municipalities and counties through property and business taxes to help fund essential services and infrastructure projects. Our dedicated employees are also drawn from these communities. Our facilities donate to more than 500 local community organizations every year. 

We take our dedication to sustainable forest operations, our efforts in maintaining safe working environments and efficient, performance-based manufacturing processes very seriously. We also understand that operations of our size and scope come with significant responsibilities.

The ripple effect of our mills’ economic impact in our communities is much greater than the direct employees of our Company and the local taxes we remit. Our business depends on local third-party providers for services such as log purchases, logging, road building, reforestation, trucking and transportation. In Canada, the economic multiplier for the forest sector is the highest amongst natural resource industries; 1.35. Our business model is based on integrating contractors, small and local businesses and services to our mills, and this induces more jobs in the areas where our facilities are located.

Information about our community donation activity is also included on the Indirect Economic Impacts page.