About the CILA: Who We Are
The Central Interior Logging Association (CILA) is the official voice of the forest harvesting sector across the Central and Northern Interior Regions. CILA members include independent logging, log-hauling, road building, bio-mass producers and processors, woodlot owners, silviculture contractors and service and supply companies from 100 Mile House in the south, to the Northwest Territories in the north, and from the Alberta Border to the Hazeltons in the west.
The CILA represents its members on safety, government policy and environmental issues, and provides liaison with First Nations, forest companies and various interest groups to encourage a strong and progressive forest contracting and supply sector. The Association provides up-to-date communication on issues of importance to its members as well as a number of programs, services and benefits designed to reduce CILA members' cost of doing business. All activities undertaken by the CILA have these four goals in mind:
- To help members stay viable and competitive
- To help members be as efficient and innovative as possible
- To strengthen the Association as the voice for the sector
- To strengthen the forest industry in the central interior
The CILA’s roots go back to 1966, when the Prince George & District Truck Loggers’ Association was formed. As that Association’s interests broadened, the name was changed in 1971 to the Central Interior Logging Association.
Today the CILA represents some 200 members, including independent logging and log-hauling contractors, sub-contractors, owner-operators, heavy equipment movers, roadbuilders, equipment and supply dealers, silviculture contractors and bio-mass producers and processors. Our service members provide professional services vital to our industry, including lawyers, accountants, financiers and consultants.
- Approximately 60 percent of the provincial Crown timber volume is harvested within the region represented by the CILA.
- Capital investment of the central and northern contractor and supplier community exceeds $2.25 billion
- The harvesting contractor/supplier sector employs some 8,500 to 9,000 people - more workers than the combined sawmilling and pulp sector in the same geographical area.
- The majority of our members are community-based small business enterprises which provide essential jobs and enhance economic stability for central and northern communities.
- For every sawmill worker there are 4 loggers in the bush.