Forest and chain of custody (CoC) certification has become common practice throughout Canada and is a fast-growing global trend. Many consumers want more than the basic considerations of price, quality and service they want assurance of the sustainability of a resource.
Ontario’s forest sector is facing a variety of challenges and in order to remain competitive and find new markets, tools like certification are becoming increasingly important. In addition, consumer purchasing choices are evolving, causing the wood products sector to adapt to a new paradigm that demands proof of environmental claims.
A wood product carrying a certification logo equates to responsible forest management practices. In Ontario there are three main certification systems for forest management – the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), the Canadian Standards Association®(CSA®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).