Diversifying our markets protects us from depending on one market.
Your government and the forestry sector have worked hard to protect our forestry workers from the impacts of any trade disputes with the United States by opening new markets over the last 14 years, resulting in an increase in lumber exports to China of 1,800 per cent.
The federal government is working to resolve the trade dispute with the United States. But BC supplies half of Canada’s softwood lumber exports. Your government will name an envoy to Washington to make sure BC has continued access to the American market, working with the forestry sector and the federal government to secure a new agreement on softwood lumber.
Your government will continue to support innovation and competitiveness, expand opportunities for B.C. forest products overseas, find opportunities for B.C.’s forest fibre, as well as value-added and pulp and paper industries.