Forestry and Logging with Support Activities

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2016-2017):
-4.0%
Job growth (2016-2017):
-800
Total employment (2017):
18,600

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Vancouver Island / Coast region has the largest number of jobs in this industry.
  • Wages for men in this industry are above the provincial average for all industries, while wages for women are similar to the provincial average.
  • This industry has a large union presence and offers mostly full-time employment.
  • Relatively few women work in the industry.

The Forestry and Logging industry consists of companies engaged in growing and harvesting timber on a long cycle, 10 or more years. (Companies involved in growing and harvesting timber on a cycle of less than 10 years are considered to be in crop production.)

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2017

  Men: 82%
  Women: 18%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2017

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2012 2017 B.C. average (2017)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2012
5%
2017
8%
B.C. average (2017)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2012
16%
2017
11%
B.C. average (2017)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2012
21%
2017
29%
B.C. average (2017)
14%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

N/A - Data not available

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2018 2023 2028
Forecasted employment
2018
20,800
2023
19,300
2028
17,600

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2018 - 2023
  • 2023 - 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2018
  • 2023
  • 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

British Columbia Forest Safety Council (BCFSC)
http://www.bcforestsafe.org/

Coast Forest Products Association
http://www.coastforest.org/

Council of Forest Industries (COFI)
http://www.cofi.org/

Forest Practices Board
https://www.bcfpb.ca/

Forestry Innovation Investment (FII)
http://www.bcfii.ca/

Interior Logging Association
http://www.interiorlogging.org/

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/ministries/forests-lands-natural-resource-operations-and-rural-development