Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA)


August 1 – Federation des Producteurs forestiers du Quebec

10 arguments for granting an exemption to private woodlot timber in the SLA – (Summary)

“1. The motivations of Canadian woodlot owners are similar to those of U.S. woodlot owners…

2. The price of roundwood from private forests on the Canadian market is comparable to wood prices on the U.S. market…

3. If granted, the exemption would increase the price of a portion of Canadian sawmill’s supplies…” – Marc-André Côté, ing.f., Ph.D.


July 12 – Global Affairs Canada

Softwood Lumber: Background, the dispute and recent developments – (Government Website)

“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… The Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute has become one of the most enduring trade disputes between both nations…” – Government of Canada


July 11 – Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners

The Softwood Lumber Dispute: 455,000 Canadian Woodlot Owners Urgently Seek an Exemption for their Roundwood – (Press Release)

“Although a negotiated agreement could bring an end to the softwood lumber dispute in the coming months, the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners (CFWO) would like to remind everyone that it is imperative that an exemption for roundwood from private forests be included in any future softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the United States…” – Longueuil


July 6 – CBC News

Woodlot Owners Set Record Straight – (Interview)

“Woodlot owners say some of the claims made by Roger Melanson about the softwood lumber tariff issue aren’t true. President of the NB Federation of Woodlot Owners Rick Doucett sets the record straight.”


June 26 – CBC News

New Brunswick odd man out in potential Atlantic softwood reprieve – (News Article)

“On May 1, softwood from the region — for the first time in decades — was lumped in with the rest of Canada as the United States imposed a 20 per cent duty at the border. Three of four Atlantic Canadian provinces may win a reprieve from punishing trade duties being imposed by the United States government on Canadian lumber….”- CBC News


June 22 – CBC News

2nd wave of softwood lumber duties sets up ‘dangerous’ talks for Canada – (News Article)

“The other shoe is set to drop for softwood lumber producers Friday as the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to reveal preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian imports. Combine this with the retroactive countervailing duties announced in April, and the already-high stakes for trade negotiations between Canada and the United States may rise again…” – CBC News


June 21, 2017 – Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners 

10 arguments for granting an exemption for private woodlot timber in the future U.S. SLA – (Document)

Concurrent with legal measures initiated by Canada to challenge the imposition of countervailing duties on its lumber exports to the U.S., negotiations will likely be conducted to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties. As was the case in previous agreements, certain exemptions could be negotiated at this time…” – Marc-André Côté, ing.f., Ph.D.


June 12, 2017 – CBC News

Canada and U.S. remain ‘quite far apart’ on softwood lumber, Freeland says – (News Article)

“Canada and the United States remain “quite far apart” on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday, suggesting that any hopes for a swift resolution may be dashed.” – CBC News


April 24, 2017 – CBC News

 Rick Doucett – Softwood Fear – (Interview)

“Terry Seguin talks to the president of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot owners on the eve of possible changes to the Maritime softwood lumber agreement by the Trump administration.”