Tembec’s Canadian forest and sawmill operations produce high-quality softwood lumber used mainly in construction, hardwood lumber used by manufacturers, as well as wood chips and biomass used in Tembec operations and by third-party customers.

Sawmill and forest wood chips

Tembec’s softwood and hardwood sawmills produce a wide variety of co-product wood chips in addition to lumber. All grades and species are available as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified – your assurance our fiber comes from responsible sources.

  • Pulp-grade wood chips are generally used by pulp manufacturers including Tembec’s high-yield pulp and specialty cellulose operations. 
  • Fuel-grade wood chips are seeing growing demand from small energy plants, due to their ease of handling, moisture content consistency, and low ash production.

Tembec can also supply whole-log wood chips or biomass materials to meet customer needs. 

Sawmill and forest biomass – comminuted wood, bark, sawdust and shavings 

Biomass from our sawmill, mobile chipping, and mobile grinding operations comes in two grades:

  • Hogged fuel (4” and below) – low-cost high-quality fiber for use in bioenergy facilities.
  • Scalped (12” and below) – used in horticultural bark products or to create hogged fuel.

Sawdust and shavings produced at Tembec sawmills are used by pulp mills, wood pellet producers, engineered panel manufacturers and niche product manufacturers.

Again, the fiber in all grades and species is FSC certified. 

Wood chips: Product characteristics

  • Clearly cut with sharp chipper knives to prevent production of fines, pins, oversized chips, slivers and bruising of the edges.
  • Transportation: Truck / High volume and self-unloading trailers.
Typical specifications Pulp quality Fuel quality Species
Bark and rot content 1% maximum 10% maximum

Black spruce

White spruce

Engelman spruce

Jack pine

Lodgepole pine

Ponderosa pine

Balsam fir

Interior Douglas fir

Subalpine fir

Western larch




45mm round hole 5% maximum 10% maximum
10mm overthick 15% maximum 30% maximum
3/8” round hole 60% minimum 50% minimum
Pan 5% maximum 20% maximum
Non-wood contaminants None None

Biomass: Product characteristics

  • Same species as wood chips.
  • Biomass may include blends of sawdust, shavings, and screen fines (negotiable).
  • Transportation: Truck / High volume and self-unloading trailers.
Specifications Sawdust Shavings Sawdust and shavings Bark
Quality Panel and pellet Panel and pellet Fuel May include wood chips, sawdust, shavings, lumber
Grit* Maximum 0.05% by weight Maximum 0.05% by weight N/A Minimal quantities of soil and rock
Oven dry content 45% to 75% Minimum 75% N/A 45% to 75% by green weight
Maximum stockpile age Three months Three months Six months Six months
Non-wood contaminants None None None Limited
* Grit includes rock, sand, dirt, floor sweepings, rags, ash and acid insoluble ash.

Operations, capacity and certifications

Sawmills Production capacity (annual) Product certification
Béarn, Québec, Canada Total capacity is close to one million bdmt (bone dry metric tons) Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certified Chain of Custody
La Sarre, Québec, Canada
Chapleau, Ontario, Canada
Cochrane, Ontario, Canada
Hearst, Ontario, Canada
Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada




  • Lumber sales

    Telephone: 416 775-2846
    Commodities team: 416 775-2848
    Specialties team: 416 775-2853
    Fax: 416 621-9355
    405 The West Mall, Suite 800
    Etobicoke, Ontario
    M9C 5J1

  • Forest Products Transportation Logistics Team

    Telephone: 416 775-2850
    Telephone: 416 775-2818
    Fax: 416 621-9663
    405 The West Mall, Suite 800
    Etobicoke, Ontario
    M9C 5J1

  • Huntsville Sawmill
    Telephone: 613 478 3414
    Fax: 705 789-7335
    80 Old North Road
    Huntsville, Ontario
    P1H 2J4