Softwood Lumber

RYAM Lumber’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 RYAM Lumber operations and by third-party customers.

Softwood lumber – spruce, pine and fir

RYAM Lumber produces a comprehensive range of high-quality spruce, pine and fir dimensional lumber products (SPF lumber) from northern Canadian forests. All species and grades are available as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified – your assurance our products are made with fiber from responsible sources.

We serve residential and commercial construction markets as well as the industrial market, which includes manufacturers of trusses, siding, pallets and other products. Our light, strong SPF lumber is the preferred choice of customers worldwide.

With six sawmill operations in Québec and Ontario, RYAM Lumber is positioned to serve customers in North American and international markets with both:

  • Stud lumber (used in construction)
  • Random-size lumber (broad range of applications)

Product characteristics and applications


  • Black spruce

  • White spruce

  • Jack pine

  • Lodgepole pine

  • Balsam fir

1” x 3”
1” x 4”
1” x 6”
2” x 3”
2” x 4”
2” x 6”
2” x 8”
2” x 10”
DET (Double
End Trim) and PET
(Precision End Trim)
Proprietary appearance grade

  • TemPlus®(premium)

  • TemSelect®

NLGA (National Lumber
Grades Authority)

  • MSR (Machine Stress Rated)

  • 2& Better

  • Stud

  • No. 3

  • Economy

Bar coding
Corner protection
JIT (just in time) delivery
Pre-attached dunnage
Paper wrap


  • Truck

  • Rail

  • Container

Operations, capacity and certifications

RYAM Lumber’s total annual softwood capacity is approximately 755 million board feet*.

SawmillsProduction capacity (annual)Random lumberStud lumberProduct certification
Béarn, Québec, Canada110 million board feetForest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) Certified Chain of Custody
La Sarre, Québec, Canada135 million board feet
8-foot stud
Chapleau, Ontario, Canada135 million board feet
Cochrane, Ontario, Canada160 million board feet10-foot stud
Hearst, Ontario, Canada110 million board feet
Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada105 million board feet8-foot stud
*A board foot is a one-foot square board, one inch thick.

North American Softwood Lumber Environmental Product Declaration

Environmental Product Declaration or EPD is a standardized tool to communicate the environmental performance of a product or system. Much like a brochure, an EPD is a multi-page document, which contains environmental performance information that is derived from a life cycle assessment (LCA). The kind of information typically included in an EPD addresses energy consumption, water consumption, global warming, waste and air emission, among other common environmental metrics – it’s the environmental version of a nutrition label.

The Canadian and American Wood Councils have produced a generic EPD for North American commodity wood products such as softwood lumber.

North American Softwood Lumber generic EPD can be found at the following link: