CLSAB Objectives

The Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board has four main objectives:

1.  To control the identification and certification of lumber to be used in Canada, exported from Canada, or manufactured in accordance with standards approved in Canada.

2.  To provide a medium for the accreditation and supervision of Lumber Grading Agencies, giving them authority to:
  • supervise and certify lumber manufacturers to assign grades or other classifications to lumber
  • establish and monitor quality assurance methods
  • apply identification marks, and certificates attesting to the grade and quality of the product

3.  To review, advise upon and approve or disapprove the grading rules or other standards which affect:

  • the certification of graders or lumber manufacturers by accredited agencies
  • the accreditation of agencies
  • any other matter related to grading, inspection, review, or performance of graders or agencies

4.  To facilitate acceptance in foreign markets of the Canadian lumber grading system overseen by CLSAB