Manufacturing activities play a key role in BC’s economy, generating just over ten percent of the province’s total gross domestic product (GDP) and providing employment for one in every ten workers in the province. Furthermore, manufactured products dominate BC’s international commodity exports, making up about three-quarters of the total value of goods exported from the province to other countries. They comprise a similar share of BC’s inter-provincial trade in goods and services.

In the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast manufacturing is the largest employer in the goods sector. Wood, paper, and metal manufacturing companies employ the majority of the workforce in the region.

The Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast is much more dependent on goods-producing industries than is the case for the province as a whole. Almost every goods-producing industry in the region employs a larger-than-average proportion of the workforce.

Value-Added Wood Products

A number of people, including those in conservation, labour, and community economic development networks have pushed for increases in value-added wood manufacturing as a way to bring greater stability and prosperity to BC’s local communities. The value‐added wood products industry is a major contributor to the B.C. economy and plays an important part in forest sector diversification. Over 900 businesses that manufacture products such as treated lumber, engineered wood products, shakes and shingles, poles, log and timber-frame homes, mouldings, and other finished or semi-finished goods make up the value added sector.

Bioenergy Products

Many processes are available for producing bioenergy, from gasification of wood chips for transport fuel production to deriving biofuels from biomass. A growing number of technologies are currently being looked at for industrial-scale bioenergy production in the Northeast. These include power boilers for heat recovery, cogeneration systems for the production of both heat and electrical power, and gasifier systems for advanced energy recovery.
For more information on bioenergy please view the Bioenergy Sector Page.

Fabricating and Machining

Fabrication and machining involve the cutting, bending, shaping and assembling of materials utilizing power-driven machine tools, such as saws, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses that are used with a sharp cutting tool to physically remove material to achieve a desired geometry. This includes many different operations and processes that produce a wide variety of products and acts as a crucial support system to other industries throughout the region.

Concrete and Cement Manufacturing

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in mixing together water, cement, sand, gravel or crushed stone to make concrete, and delivering it to a purchaser in a plastic or unhardened state.

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada’s largest industry and trade association. The association represents businesses in all sectors of manufacturing and exporting activity across the country. Its mandate is to promote the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and the success of Canada’s good and services exporters in markets around the globe. The association focuses on the issues that are most critical to its members – manufacturing competitiveness, US business opportunities, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment.

They offer solutions to members through leadership in a number of areas. Their advocacy efforts are aimed at improving the business environment in which Canadian manufacturers and exporters operate, and enabling access to markets in Canada and around the world. Members are kept informed on strategic business trends, policy developments and opportunities with colleagues and policy-makers who can help improve business performance.

The Canadian Manufacturing Association’s members account for an estimated 82 percent of Canada’s manufacturing production and 90 percent of Canadian good and services exports. While the Canadian Manufacturing Association’s membership includes many of Canada’s largest businesses, more than 85 percent of our members are small and mid-sized enterprises.

BC Ready-Mix Concrete Association

BC Ready-Mix Concrete Association (BCRMCA) is a not-for-profit association under the BC Society Act whose membership includes ready-mixed concrete producers and suppliers to the industry in British Columbia.  BCRMCA staff and member companies work cooperatively with all levels of government to ensure the ready-mixed concrete industry operates harmoniously within our communities and the environment.

BCRMCA offers numerous programs and services to enhance the competitiveness, safety and environmental stewardship of its members; including a plant certification program, safety awards and a new Suppliers Council.  Staff and volunteers co-ordinate numerous events and training sessions throughout the year, providing educational and networking opportunities for members.  They are also proud to host the BC Awards for Excellence in Concrete Construction.

Information on membership access and services can be found on the BCRMCA website.

BC Community Forests

The British Columbia Community Forest Association is a network of community-based organizations in British Columbia that are either managing community forests or striving to establish community forests. Formed in March of 2002, the British Columbia Community Forest Association is a unified voice for the interests of all B.C. communities engaged in community forest management as well as those seeking to establish community forests.

The  British Columbia Community Forest Association is a membership-based organization, and count the participation of over 50 communities and organizations around the province. They identify annual priorities for special projects and seek outside funding sources to support those activities.

The  British Columbia Community Forest Association website provides additional information on membership access and activities.

Council of Forest Industries

The Council of Forest Industries is the voice of the BC interior forest industry. The Council Of Forest Industries works with governments, communities, organizations and individuals to ensure that forest policies in BC support the forest sector and, as a result, those who are dependent on the sector for business income or family supporting jobs. They work within the national and international (Japan, China, Korea) Canada Wood partnership to improve market access at home and overseas and to increase demand for their members’ products.

They are an industry in transition making the move to increasing use of technology, new systems such as six story wood buildings and more biomass based products such as bioenergy.

The Council Of Forest Industries members range from large integrated global scale public companies to medium sized family owned operations to smaller independent niche players. They produce a range of products including lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood in over 60 facilities located throughout the interior. All aspects of their members’ operations from forestry to production to sales are recognized as world class. They are recognized for their sustainable forest practices, cost competitiveness and support for green buildings.

Ensuring that national, provincial and local government policy makers are well-informed about the value of BC’s forest resources and BC’s forest industry and its contribution to government revenue, provincial gross domestic product and family incomes is a key component of sustainability for their industry and for communities throughout BC. Through their forest education program, annual convention and community relations work, stakeholders are kept informed about BC’s forest resources and forestry issues.

The Council Of Forest Industries website provides additional information on member services, the BC forest industry, market conditions and membership access.

Forest Products Association of Canada

The Forest Products Association of Canada is the voice of Canada's wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. Canada's forest products industry is a 57 billion dollar a year industry that represents 12% of Canada's manufacturing GDP. The industry is one of Canada's largest employers, operating in 200 forest-dependent communities from coast to coast, and directly employing 230,000 Canadians across the country.

The Forest Products Association of Canada represents the largest Canadian producers of forest products, and all members are signatories of the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. Their members are responsible for 66% of certified forest lands in Canada. The Forest Products Association of Canada and its members, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities. Third-party certification of member companies' forest practices is a condition of membership in the Association – a world first.

The Forest Products Association of Canada website provides further information on the Boreal Forest Agreement, other leadership projects, and industry activities and opportunities.

BC Log and Timber Building Industry Association

The BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association is the only business association in British Columbia to represent the interests of the province’s log building and timber framing companies exclusively. The purpose of the association is to improve business opportunities and build productivity, profitability and adaptability for the BC log and timber building industry; to develop industry cohesiveness and an appreciation of the industry's contribution to the economy of BC; to foster improved job stability, skill development, and professionalism; to promote healthy business and industry growth; to represent the entire industry to all levels of government; and to set the stage for continuous improvement in all of the above.

The BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association website provides an industry supplier’s directory, membership information and industry updates.