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:

  • Have no more than 15 employees (including full time, part time, and seasonal staff), OR
  • 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)
  • 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

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Contact: Marquis Poulin
T: 418-228-5110
E: marquispoulin@globetrotter.net
W: www.apbb.qc.ca


Certigroupe Sylva s.e.n.c

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Contact: Hervé Bescond
T: 514-692-4935
E: certigroupe@gmail.com
W: www.certigroupe.com


Chabot, Pomerlau & Associes

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


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

Click to view FM/CoC group members. Contact: Normand Simard
T; 418-493-2097 x 114
E: normand.simard at groupelebel point com


Eastern Ontario Forest Group

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Contact: Jim Hendry
T: 613-258-8422
E: jhendry@eomf.on.ca
W: www.eomf.on.ca


Ecotrust Canada

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


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

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Contact: Serge Leclerc
T: 418-495-2054 ext.102
E: serge.leclerc@gfkam.com


Federation of Nova Scotia Woodland Owners

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Contact: Tom Berry
T: 902-532-8710
E: trberry@eastlink.ca
W: www.fnswo.ca


Groupe Lignum

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


Groupement forestier Chaudière inc. et Groupement forestier Beauce-Sud

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Contact: André Emery
T: 418 588-6674
E: andre.emery@telvic.net
W: www.groupementforestierchaudiere.com


Northshore Forest Inc.

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Contact: William Moryto
T: (705) 869-4020 ext. 263
E: william.moryto@eacom.ca


Nova Scotia Landowners & Forest Fibre Producers

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


Ontario Printing and Imaging Association

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Contact: Myrna Penny
T: 905-602-4441
E: opiagroup at gmail point com
W: www.opia.on.ca


Organisme de gestion environnementale et forestière de Lanaudière

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Picea Forestry Consulting and Woodlot Services

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Contact: Patricia Amero
T: 902-527-1222
E: piceaforestry@gmail.com
W: www.acadianforestkeepers.ca


Silv-Econ Ltd. - Resource Management Consultants

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


Syndicat des Producteurs forestiers du Sud du Québec

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Contact: Dominic Besner
T: (819) 346-8905
E: dbesner@upa.qc.ca
W: www.spbestrie.qc.ca


Syndicat des producteurs de bois de la Gaspésie

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Contact: Mathieu Piché-Larocque
T: (418) 392-7724 poste 232E: mplarocque@upa.qc.ca
W: www.spfgaspesie.com


Taan Forest Limited Partnership

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Contact: Bob Brash
T: (778) 386-7759
E: brash@taanforest.com
W: www.taanforest.com


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