The OFIA’s mission is to be the consolidated voice of our member companies to ensure:
⦁ Industry challenges and opportunities are recognized, addressed, and supported by the government.
⦁ A supportive policy environment exists in Ontario for the industry’s continued operations.
⦁ Awareness of Ontario's forest industry's social, economic, and environmental contributions.
⦁ Grassroots support from stakeholders and rights holders in the communities and regions where the sector operates.
⦁ The integrity of the CLA stamp.
⦁ The highest value and service levels to OFIA member companies and CLA clients.
The OFIA’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan is organized under four strategic areas:
1. An Effective and Influential Organization
The OFIA aims to provide the highest levels of value and service to OFIA members and CLA clients by acting as a forum for its members to discuss issues of common interest and concerns.
2. Growth in OFIA Membership and CLA Client Base
From timber producers, energy generators, to wood product producers, OFIA members represents every facet of Ontario's forest industry. This variety of expertise provides OFIA leadership with unparalleled technical support to make decisions and address any concerns relevant to the industry.
3. Leveraging Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy (FSS) to Improve Competitiveness
Leveraging Ontario's Forest sector requires a multi-faceted approach. The OFIA actively engages with key players in addressing topics such as removing barriers to accessing wood, reducing red tape, expanding markets, recruiting and growing talent in the wood sector and improving collaboration with Indigenous partners in managing our forests. By addressing these issues, we are hopeful that a favourable policy framework can be developed.
4. Showcasing Ontario’s Forest Industry
Addressing misconceptions and amplifying positive stories within Ontario's forest sector is a focus of the OFIA.