Forestry: World Leadership

New Brunswick has more forested land than any other place in North America. Our forests anchor the provincial economy, accounting for 5.1% of New Brunswick’s GDP (2010). Forestry and its processing and technology industries support 20,000 families, directly employ 11,600 people, and contribute over $1 Billion in wages and salaries (2010).

More than 1600 firms are directly involved in the industry: from nurseries and timber tract operations through to pulp, paper, lumber and value added manufacturing. Wood and paper products manufacturing accounts for over 30% of the total manufacturing output of the province, making forestry the largest manufacturing and exporting sector.

Established linkages into the forestry sector’s supply chain benefit a wide group of stakeholders: research institutes and centres, knowledge industry innovators, engineering and biotechnology companies, and more.

Forestry Research and Learning Hub

Fredericton is home to a number of forestry research, training, and advocacy organizations and sites. UNB’s Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management is one of the leading natural resources research centres  in Canada, with over 40 active researchers and 80 graduate students.

Other research and industry organizations include:

UNB’s Wood Science and Technology Centre (WSTC)

is a centre of excellence dedicated to research, development, education and technical support for the wood products industry. They provide R&D, product testing, and technology transfer services to private sector clients in the wood products industry. 




  • 500 new forestry jobs and 1,200 construction jobs predicted from new forestry strategy
  • J.D. Irving’s $513 million mill modernization projects to generate new opportunities in the Fredericton region
  • Adding value and increasing NB’s wood products sector’s global competitiveness offers innovation opportunities
  • Forest and forest products-related bio-refining opportunities   
  • Thirty per cent of forested land privately held and available for partnering or purchase when developing new products and technologies