Our organization began in 1989, as the Nova Scotia Forest Industry Regional Industrial Training Committee (RITC), incorporated under the Nova Scotia Societies Act, registration number 1957107. With a shift in Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in 2000, the RITCs evolved into sector councils, and we became the Nova Scotia Forestry Human Resources Sector Council (NSFHRSC). The organization was dormant for many years, but was revived in 2020 in response to industry needs. Re-branding in April 2021, becoming the Forestry Sector Council (FSC) it is today.

We strive to make the sector’s workforce just like our forests—diverse, sustainable, and growing. We collaborate with our partners to build our forestry sector by encouraging inclusivity, building capacity, talent attraction and retention, and skill development.

One of fourteen provincial sector councils, we are part of the Association of Industry Sector Councils.

2021-2022 Board of Directors



The organization receives core funding through the Nova Scotia Department of Labour Skills and Immigration (LSI) Sector Council Program.

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Forestry Sector Council is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.