SFLs are long-term licences granted for up to 20 years. They give the right to harvest all species of trees found in the licensed area.

SFL holders must:

  • prepare forest management plans
  • gather forest information for the Crown
  • monitor and report on compliance
  • conduct forest operations in accordance with approved plans and operational standards for the area covered by the licence
  • SFLs are reviewed every 5 years and may be extended.

Note: The Algonquin Park Forestry Agreement is similar to an SFL but defines terms and conditions regarding operations in the Algonquin Park Forest (MU 451). Harvest operations are done under a Forest Resource Licence issued under section 27 of the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.

More information

For more information about SFLs, contact the Sustainable Forest Licensing Specialist at 705-992-5268.

For more information about a specific licence area or management unit, contact us and ask to speak with the Management Forester or Resources Management Supervisor responsible for the licence area.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry work centres