Ontario’s Forest Tenure Modernization Plan
Forest Tenure Modernization Implementation
MNRF’s plan for implementing forest tenure modernization includes overseeing the transition in some areas to more inclusive models that meet the objectives of tenure modernization, including:
- Local Forest Management Corporations (LFMCs)
- Enhanced Sustainable Forest License Companies (Enhanced SFL companies)
Local Forest Management Corporations (LFMCs)
Local forest management corporations are established by regulation under the Ontario Forest Tenure Modernization Act. Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation was established as the first LFMC in May of 2012. Currently, there are discussions underway with the intention of establishing a second LFMC in the Temagami area.
An LFMC is a financially self-sustaining Crown agency that will:
- hold a sustainable forest license and manage forests sustainably
- have open and transparent business plans
- improve upon current models by being more responsive to local and regional interests and concerns
- enable access to a predictable and competitively priced supply of Crown wood
Each LFMC has a locally-based board of directors appointed by the Ontario government that meets certain skills and qualifications.
Enhanced Sustainable Forest License Companies (Enhanced SFLs)
The establishment of new Enhanced SFL companies is guided by the Principles for Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence Implementation. Enhanced SFL companies are designed to meet the objectives of forest tenure modernization. The composition, structure, and governance of Enhanced SFL companies is flexible, addressing local circumstances and interests including:
- Local First Nation and Métis communities
- Local communities
- Local forest industry
On April 2018, Ondaadiziwin Forest Management Inc. became the first Enhanced Sustainable Forest Licence company. The company holds a Sustainable Forest Licence and is responsible for the Lac Seul Forest in northwestern Ontario. The Lac Seul Forest is about 800,000 ha in size. Ondaadiziwin Forest Management Inc. has a local board of directors with both forest industry and First Nation members. The local community of Sioux Lookout and local independent harvesters are represented in advisory bodies created under the modernization tenure model.
Discussions are underway in a few other locations to establish Enhanced SFL companies.