A complete version of the statistics provided below can be found in a document from Quebec’s ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune.

Go to the Ministry’s website at and click on the tab “Forests,” then, in the drop-down menu, on “Understanding the Forest.”


Overview of the province
Quebec’s land mass
Total area 1,667,441 sq. km
Public land 1,372,021 sq. km.
Private land 116,398 sq. km.
Federal land 9,334 sq. km.


Administration of public forests (2009)
Managed units 74
Timber Supply and Forest Management Agreements (TSMFA) 179
Forest Management Agreements (CtAF) 8
Forest Management Conventions (CvAF) 89
Forest biomass agreements 15


Value of industries (2009)
Logging (2008) $3.0 billion
Wood product manufacturing $5.3 billion
Paper making $8.8 billion


Number of plants

Sawmills (2008)


Hardwood & veneer






Pulp and paper (2009) 38
Board (2008) 21


Direct and indirect jobs

Forest (2009)

(logging, forestry, support activities)


Wood products (2009)

  • primary processing: 13,028
  • secondary and tertiary processing: 15,374

Pulp and paper (2009)

  • primary processing: 13,801
  • secondary and tertiary processing: 13,548
Total 67,999


Accessible productive forest area
Public 276,968 sq. km.
Private 66,246 sq. km.
Total 343,214 sq. km.


Annual allowable cut (2008-2013)
Public forest (softwood) 22.3 million cubic metres
Public forest (hardwood) 9.4 million cubic metres
Private forest (softwood) 5.6 million cubic metres*
Private forest (hardwood) 6.4 million cubic metres*



Harvest (2009)
Public forest (softwood) 13.7 million cubic metres
Public forest (hardwood) 2.5 million cubic metres
Private forest (softwood) 2.0 million cubic metres
Private forest (hardwood) 1.5 million cubic metres


Volumes covered by TSMFA agreements
Public forest (softwood) 21.9 million cubic metres
Public forest (hardwood) 6.0 million cubic metres


Silvicultural projects
630,000 hectares annually, including planting of more than 100 million plants



Turnover data include only primary processing, while data on the number of businesses and jobs include primary, secondary and tertiary processing.


Sources: Economy, Markets and International Trade unit, QFIC
ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
Natural Resources Canada (The State of Canada’s Forests, Statistics Canada)

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