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Canadian lumber production down in May; but still up from 2014

August 4, 2015 - Sawmills in Canada produced 5,325.5 thousand cubic metres of lumber in May 2015. This represents a decline of 5.2 per cent, as compared to the output registered in April. 

Compared with May 2014, lumber production rose by 8.6 per cent, as Statistics Canada reported. Output fell from April in all provinces, but all of them exceeded their year-earlier levels. The Coast and Southern Interior of British Columbia fell short of year-earlier levels, but provincial output still increased 2.0 per cent.

Canadian sawmills shipped 5 458.3 thousand cubic metres of lumber in May, up 0.4 per cent from April.

Canada's lumber production, shipments and stocks monthly (cubic metres x 1,000)

Standard Classification of Goods (SCG) November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015
Total softwood and hardwood production 4,833.8 4,520.5 4,847.0 5,006.1 5.658.7 5,617.2 5,325.5
Total hardwood, production 127.7 92.4 124.9 141.6 178.2 179.3 160.9
Total softwood, production 4,706.1 4,428.1 4,722.1 4,864.5 5,480.5 5,437.9 5,164.6
Spruce, pine and fir, production 4,235.2 4,052.9 4,303.8 4,416.0 4,890.9 4,930.3 4,637.6
Total softwood excluding spruce, pine and fir, production 470.9 375.3 418.3 448.5 589.6 507.6 527.1
Lumber, total shipments 4,715.5 4,575.6 4,541.0 4,659.7 5,486.9 5,434.9 5,458.3
Total softwood and hardwood stocks 6,490.1 6,387.5 6,563.2 7,033.6 7,206.2 7,405.5 7,388.1
Total hardwood, stocks F 100.7 F F F F F
Total softwood, stocks 6,371.7 6,286.7 6,437.1 6,908.4 7,079.3 7,263.2 7,238.4
Spruce, pine and fir, stocks 5,696.7 5,687.4 5,801.7 6,256.3 6,379.5 6,550.1 6,530.5
Total softwood excluding spruce, pine and fir, stocks 675.1 599.4 635.5 652.1 699.9 713.1 707.9
Source: Statistics Canada





August 4, 2015
By IHB/RS/Fordaq

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