Softwood Lumber Trade with the U.S.
The U.S. is B.C.'s largest market for softwood lumber products; and because of the importance of forestry to B.C.'s economy, a stable trading relationship is essential. The 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement expired on October 12, 2015 and on November 25, 2016, the U.S. lumber industry filed a petition to try and limit Canadian lumber shipments.
The links below give further information and updates on various topics related to this Canada-U.S. trade issue. Please also check the federal government website for additional updates, frequently asked questions and announcements.
Softwood Lumber Information
- Information Bulletin on Softwood Lumber: Preliminary countervailing duty rate announced, April 24, 2017
- Statement by Canada on Softwood Lumber, April, 24, 2017
- B.C. government actions on softwood lumber, April 7, 2017
- Statement from Special Envoy David Emerson, March 8, 2017
- Federal-Provincial Task Force on Softwood Lumber Announced, February 22, 2017
- Premier Christy Clark names David Emerson B.C. Trade Envoy to the United States, February 14, 2017
- Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions
- Frequently Asked Questions: Softwood lumber dispute
- Fact Sheet: Canada-U.S. softwood lumber trade: Why it should matter to Americans
- Fact Sheet: Government support for forestry dependent communities
- Fact Sheet: B.C.’s forest economy: softwood lumber
- Fact Sheet: Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Trade
- Trade Litigation 2017
- Negotiations 2015 - 2017
- Company Exclusion Preparatory Information
- Background on the Softwood Lumber Agreement 2006