Your input needed for provincial forestry strategy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WSN member firms encouraged to contribute expertise

Tom Welton and Steve Bros discuss forest road safetyStarting in November, the Ontario government will hold public roundtables across northern Ontario to gather feedback on developing a strategy to promote economic growth in the forest products sector. 

“As the provincial forestry health and safety association for more than 100 years, Workplace Safety North encourages its 842 forestry member firms to contribute their substantial expertise in the development of a strong, sustainable economic strategy for the province,” says Tom Welton, WSN Director of General Prevention Services.

The provincial forest products industry generates more than $15 billion in revenues, and supports 150,000 direct and indirect jobs in 260 communities across the province.

“Ontario’s wood and wood products are recognized around the world as coming from forests with the highest standard of forest management anywhere,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Sustainable forest management helps Ontario's forests remain healthy and productive, grows our economy and provides people with jobs.”

Have your say

Share your comments and ideas with the provincial government by email: Let them know how they can develop Ontario’s forest industry, create jobs and economic growth.


Major stakeholders will be invited to regional roundtable sessions to advise on key elements of the strategy. Find out how you can get involved.

Proposed locations

Note: Locations are subject to change:

  1. November 15, 2018 - Sault Ste. Marie
  2. January 22, 2019 - Kitchener
  3. February 5, 2019 - Kenora
  4. February 6, 2019 - Kapuskasing
  5. March 1, 2019 - North Bay
  6. March 22, 2019 - Thunder Bay
  7. April 16, 2019 - Pembroke
  8. May 3, 2019 - Timmins
  9. May 17, 2019 - Hearst

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