Group Certification

Providing Access to Certification

FSC has created Group certification as a way  to provide access to certification for small enterprises (e.g. printers, groups of artisans, portable sawmills) that already have a legal organization or support from an external organization, such as a trade association or cooperative.  By centralizing the collective responsibilities of certification, group members can reduce the costs and administrative requirements of certification.

Who needs Certification?

Companies of all sizes and production intensities may apply for certification and be evaluated against FSC’s Standards. Any company involved in the transformation, processing, manufacturing or distribution of a forest-based product must be FSC-certified in order to sell product with an FSC logo and/or with an FSC Claim.

Eligibility criteria for Chain of Custody Group Certification

Companies that meet the criteria below are eligible for FSC Group certification:
i. Have no more than 15 employees (including full time, part time, and seasonal staff), OR
ii. Have no more than 25 employees and an annual turnover of US$1,000,000.
(Turnover here is defined as total annual revenue from goods and services)
iii. All group members shall be located in the same single country as the group entity

Current Group Certificates in Canada

To join an existing FSC Group certificate, contact a group manager below:

Association des propriétaires de boisés de la Beauce

Contact: Marquis Poulin
T: 418-228-5110

Certigroupe Sylva s.e.n.c

Contact: Hervé Bescond
T: 514-692-4935

Chabot, Pomerlau & Associes

Contact: Claude Chabot
T: 819-791-8668
E: cpa at chabotpomerleauass point com 

Corporation de gestion de la certification forestière des territoires publics du BSL (CGCBSL)

Contact: Normand Simard
T; 418-493-2097 x 114
E: normand.simard at groupelebel point com 

Eastern Ontario Forest Group

Contact: Jim Hendry
T: 613-258-8422

Ecotrust Canada

Contact: Satnam Manhas
T: 604-616-3680
E: satnam at ecotrust point ca

Fédération des organismes de gestion en commun du Bas-Saint-Laurent

Contact: Serge Leclerc
T: 418-495-2054 ext.102

Groupe Lignum

Contact: Nicolas Blanchette
T: 819-566-5792
E: nicolas at incos point ca

Nova Scotia Landowners & Forest Fibre Producers 

Contact: Peter Burchill
T: 902-304-0815
E: burchill.p at gmail point com 

Ontario Printing and Imaging Association

Contact: Myrna Penny
T: 905-602-4441
E: opiagroup at gmail point com

Picea Forestry Consulting and Woodlot Services

Contact: Patricia Amero
T: 902-527-1222

Silv-Econ Ltd. - Resource Management Consultants

Contact: David Puttock
T: 905-898-3085
E: silvecon at rogers point com 

Syndicat des Producteurs forestiers du Sud du Québec

Contact: Dominic Besner
T: (819) 346-8905

Northshore Forest Inc.

Contact: William Moryto
T: (705) 869-4020 ext. 263

Taan Forest Limited Partnership

Contact: Bob Brash
T: (778) 386-7759

Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners

Contact: Tom Berry
T: 902-532-8710

Groupement forestier Chaudière inc. et Groupement forestier Beauce-Sud

Contact: André Emery
T: 418 588-6674

Syndicat des producteurs de bois de la Gaspésie

Contact: Mathieu Piché-Larocque
T: (418) 392-7724 poste 232E:

Organisme de gestion environnementale et forestière de Lanaudière

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