A New National Forest Management Standard


The Forest Stewardship Council is proud to announce the launch of a comprehensive new standard for responsible forest management in Canada.

After six years of rigorous consultation with industry, environment, and social stakeholders and indigenous groups, the new standard targets the most pressing issues threatening Canadian forests today, including the woodland caribou crisis; the rights of indigenous peoples; workers’ rights including gender equity; conservation; and landscape management.


Transition to the new standard

The new FSC Forest Management Standard for Canada becomes effective on January 1, 2020.

As of the effective date of January 1st, 2020, certificate holders will have one year to transition to the new standard. Within the transition period, certificate holders can choose to be evaluated to the current forest management regional standards or the revised National Forest Management Standard for its first evaluation. But all certificate holders will be evaluated against the revised National Forest Management Standard within that 12-month period.


Highlights of the standard


Tools & Resources



Participate in Webinars

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English: June 18, 2019 13:00 EST


French: June 19, 2019 10:00 EST

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For Certification Bodies

Introductory Call - June 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Certification Bodies which work on forest management certificates are welcome to join an introductory call where we will discuss the standard, rules around transitioning to the new standard and respond to any questions. Invitations will be sent directly to each certification body. For any questions please contact Elaine Marchand e.marchand@ca.fsc.org

For Certification Bodies

In-Person Meeting - June 27, 2019, 09:00-17:00, Montreal, QC
Certification Bodies which work on forest management certificates are welcome to join a daylong session where we will discuss the standard, rules around transitioning to the new standard and respond to any questions. Invitations will be sent directly to each certification body. For any questions please contact Elaine Marchand e.marchand@ca.fsc.org

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