Gender Equity in Canada’s Forest Sector Initiative

The Gender Equity in Forestry National Action Plan Initiative was launched in November 2018 as a collaboration between the Centre for Social Intelligence and the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

This is Canada’s first public-private funded national gender equity project and it aims to create a diverse and inclusive work force that provides the foundation for a thriving forest sector and healthy communities.


To contribute to this vision, the initiative’s Steering Committee – made up of gender champions from government, industry, academia, indigenous, and non-profit organizations – are working collaboratively across the forest sector to engage, attract, retain and advance women.

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This three-year project will involve the creation of a National Action Plan that will promote gender equity across Canada’s forest sector.


Data from Statistics Canada in 2017 reveals that women make up roughly 17% of the natural resources workforce, with the largest gender gaps in trades positions, as well as executive level positions and seats on Boards.

Steering Committee & Participating Organizations

  • Association of B.C. Forest Professionals
  • Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service
  • Canadian Institute of Forestry
  • Centre for Social Intelligence
  • Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Lakehead University
  • Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments
  • National Aboriginal Forestry Association
  • Resolute Forest Products
  • Statistics Canada
  • Strategic Natural Resource Consultants
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Tolko
  • University of Moncton
  • University of Saskatchewan
Questions about this initiative or how CSI could work with your sector?