In general, British Columbia has historically accounted for the largest share of wood product manufacturing in Canada. From June 2012 to May 2013, the province was responsible for 33.2% of national wood product manufacturing sales. From June 2012 to May 2013, sales rose $1.4 billion to $7.5 billion, up 22.9% from the same period one year earlier. Wood product manufacturing accounted for 19.0% of all manufacturing in British Columbia.
The sawmills and wood preservation sub-industry accounted for 66.6% of wood product manufacturing in British Columbia, a larger share than any other province. Therefore, decreases in exports and prices, which stemmed from a slowdown in the housing market, had a disproportionately greater effect on the wood product industry in British Columbia. As a result, between 2008 and 2010, British Columbia was occasionally surpassed on a monthly basis by Quebec as the largest wood product manufacturer in the country. The recent rebound in prices and exports has produced the opposite result, with British Columbia regaining its place as the largest wood product manufacturer in Canada.
Quebec maintained its role as the second largest producer of wood manufacturing products in Canada from June 2012 to May 2013, accounting for 25.7% of the national total. Over the 12-month period, the sawmills and wood preservation sub-industry also accounted for the largest share of wood product manufacturing sales in the province, at 39.7%. However, over the last decade, Quebec has seen fluctuations in which sub-industry accounted for the largest share of wood product manufacturing. From 2009/2010 to 2011/2012, other wood product manufacturing accounted for the largest share of sales, as prices in the sub-industry remained relatively stable. As wood prices and exports recovered, sawmills and wood preservation once again became the largest sub-industry in the province.
For the first time since this series began in 1992, Alberta surpassed Ontario as the third largest manufacturer of wood products. From June 2012 to May 2013, Alberta accounted for 15.7% of all sales nationally, compared with Ontario's 14.8% share. Like British Columbia, the sawmills and wood preservation sub-industry held the largest share of wood manufacturing in Alberta, and also recently benefited from an increase in prices and exports. In comparison, Ontario's wood product manufacturing is focused more heavily on other wood product manufacturing. Prices in the other wood product manufacturing industry have traditionally been more stable, rising 3.1% from June 2012 to May 2013 compared with the same period a year earlier.