Softwood Lumber

The softwood lumber industry is an important sector in the Canadian economy, supporting thousands of jobs in communities across Canada and creating many positive spin-off effects in related industries and services. Natural Resources Canada's Canadian Forest Service provides detailed information on the industry's role in our economy. Canada and the United States signed the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) on September 12, 2006.

Key Information on the Agreement

Recent Developments

02-10-2015 - Message to Customs Brokers regarding Softwood Lumber

Please note that we are presently experiencing technical issues with the daily report for softwood lumber for the month of October. There is an investigation underway. We will provide you with an update as the information will become available.

For further information, please contact Gordon Chestnut at 343-203-3724 or by email at

30-09-2015 - Message to Customs Brokers regarding Softwood Lumber

Brokers are advised that the correction period for September 2015 Softwood Lumber permits ends October 5, 2015 at 17:00 ET.

We remind you of the importance of submitting correct information on permits as this is imperative to the operation of the Softwood Lumber Agreement.  Please submit permit corrections for the month of September before the end of the correction period, as is the case for every allocation month of the year.

For further information, please contact Gordon Chestnut at 343-203-3724 or by email at

21-09-2015 – Further to the message on September 14, 2015, this is to advise that the export allocations for companies in Option B regions will not be available on September 21, 2015. The Softwood Lumber Division is still reviewing the October allocations and, it is now anticipated that the allocation levels will be made available on September 28, 2015.

For further information, please contact Sylvain Emond at 343-203-3723 or by email at

More recent developments...


Daily Export Reports

Expected U.S. Consumption and Prevailing Monthly Price Reports

Other Reports

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments, please contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada at:

Softwood Lumber Controls Division (TNC)
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-8950