Binational Softwood Lumber Council
The Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) was established by the Canadian and U.S. Federal governments as part of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement. The Council’s mandate, as outlined in annex 13 of the agreement, is “to promote increased cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian softwood lumber industries and to strengthen and expand the market for softwood lumber products in both countries”.
The BSLC benefits from the leadership and expertise of its 12 member board which consists of Canadian and U.S. senior industry representatives and stakeholders. The construct of this board is unique within the industry and offers an influential and powerful vehicle to establish strategic direction for market development programs, direct broad industry initiatives, and facilitate collaboration among organizations serving the North American softwood lumber industry.
Underpinning the BSLC’s efforts is a firm belief that the relationship between the Canadian and American industries can only improve when the lumber market is sufficiently robust for both industries to first stabilize, and then to prosper. We also believe that this will only come about through increased demand for new and previous uses of lumber products.
Since its inception, the BSLC has actively supported initiatives by a variety of industry organizations that meet the mandate. Funds have been directed into programs in which immediate opportunities can be quickly exploited for a fast turnaround in identifiable demand. Clear benefits have already been achieved for the North American softwood lumber industry as the result of some of these programs.