Forest Capital of Canada 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. Originally delivered by the Canadian Forestry Association, the CIF-IFC now administers the legacy program. Each year the CIF-IFC designates a community or region to host a celebration of its forest resources.
Communities or regions are invited to submit a proposal that demonstrates their capacity to mount a successful 12 to 24-month celebration of forest resources!
Communities or regions interested in being designated the next Forest Capital of Canada must build a business case in the form of a proposal that illustrates their capacity to host a 12- to 24-month celebration of forest resources.
- Communities or regions interested in being designated the next Forest Capital of Canada must provide a complete submission which includes an application form, proposal and letters of support (all outlined below).
- Only complete submissions received by the deadline will be considered by the Awards Committee.
- Submissions from previous years can be resubmitted if it is still considered
Proposals must be received before June 15, 2023 and can be submitted by email (in PDF format) to:
Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada
Responsibilities of a Forest Capital of Canada
- Communications Plan: Develop a communications plan that promotes community and/or regional involvement and media coverage. The plan could include:
- Website: Develop or incorporate an interactive website (or webpage into an existing website) featuring a calendar of events and corporate partnerships.
- Social Media: Develop content to promote Forest Capital of Canada designation on social media channels using #ForestCapitalOfCanada.
- 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 CIF-IFC summarizing Forest Capital of Canada activities and results.
|2023||Greater Fredericton Area (City of Fredericton), NB|
|2022||The County of Simcoe, ON|
|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|
|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|