Forest Capital of Canada Designation

What is the FCC Designation?

Established in 1979, the Forest Capital of Canada program focuses on the valuable role forests play in the socio-economic and environmental health of our communities – past, present and future. Each year the CFA designates a community or region to host a celebration of its forest resources.

Traditionally, the various forestry agencies invite proposals from communities or regions in their province that demonstrate the capacity to mount a successful 12 to 24-month celebration. Interested communities may also submit proposals directly to the CFA. Application for Designation as Forest Capital of Canada Communities or regions interested in becoming a Forest Capital of Canada must build a business case illustrating their capacity to host a 12 to 24-month celebration.

Application for Designation as Forest Capital of Canada

Communities or regions interested in becoming a Forest Capital of Canada must build a business case illustrating their capacity to host a 12 to 24-month celebration.

1. Forest/Community Relationships
Explain the role of Canada’s forest in your community – past, present and future.
Explain how your community promotes stewardship and conservation of its forest resources.

2. Special Features
Indicate any unique natural or cultural heritage features of your community that would enhance the Forest Capital of Canada designation.

3. Calendar of Events
Develop a 12 to 24-month program of community events and activities incorporating National Forest Week and showcasing Forest Capital of Canada designation.
Indicate how your will incorporate existing community events and facilities into your Forest Capital of Canada program.
Propose a legacy project that would lend permanence to the Forest Capital of Canada designation for your community.

4. Leadership and Organizational Capacity
Provide the names and relevant experience of individuals and groups comprising the organizing committee.
List the names of potential sponsor agencies and corporations.

5. Community Support
Provide letters of support from:
• local media
• elected representatives
• educational institutions
• local business (Chamber of Commerce)
• forest industry
• forest stewardship council
• interest groups (forest users)
• service clubs or other community organizations

6. Support from Provincial Agencies and Organizations
Provide letters of support from:
• provincial forestry associations or related organizations involved in forest resource education, awareness and conservation

Proposals can be submitted by mail, email or fax (in PDF format) to:

Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada

P.O. Box 99, 6905 Hwy 17 West, Mattawa, Ontario, P0H 1V0

E-mail: media@cif-ifc.org

Phone: (705)744-1715 x 585

Fax: (705)744-1716

Responsibilities of a Forest Capital of Canada

  • Communications Plan Develop a communications plan that promotes community involvement and media coverage.
  • Web Site Develop an interactive web site featuring a calendar of events and corporate partnerships.
  • Launch Host a designation ceremony and program launch for dignitaries, special guests and media.
  • National Forest Week Host National Forest Week events reflecting the Forest Capital of Canada status.
  • Final Report Submit a final report to the CFA summarizing Forest Capital activities and results.

Year Recipient
2017-2019 Petawawa Research Forest - Chalk River, ON
2015-2016  Community of Constance Lake First Nation, the Town of Hearst and the Municipality of Mattice-Val Côté, ON
2013-2014 Town of Whitecourt and Woodlands County, AB
2012 The Province of British Columbia
2010-2011 Cariboo Regional District, BC
2008-2009 Norfolk County, ON 2007 – Oakville, ON 2006 – Gatineau, QC Centennial, First National Forest Congress and Bi-Centennial, SquaredTimber Rafting
2005-2006 Alberta’s Boreal, AB
2004 Town of Lac La Biche and Lakeland County, AB 2002 – 2003 – Corner Brook, NL
2001 La Mauricie, Shawinigan, QC
2000 Ontario’s Northwest, Thunder Bay, ON 1999 – Kenora, Keewatin and Jaffray-Melick, ON 1998 – Swan Valley, MB
1997 Grande Prairie, AB 1996 – Lunenburg County, NS 1995 – Meadow Lake, SK 1994 – Edmonton, AB
1993 Matapedia Valley, QC 1992 – Chetwynd, BC
1991 Nackawic, NB
1990 Sault Ste Marie, ON 1989 – La Sarre, QC
1988 Grand Falls, NL 1987 – Queen’s County, NS
1986 City of Port Alberni, BC 1985 – Prince Albert & District, SK
1984 The Ottawa Valley, ON & QC 1983 – Smokey Lake District, AB 1982 – County of Simcoe, ON
1981 Prince George, BC 1980 – The Miramichi, NB 1979 – Hudson Bay, SK
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