To strengthen its forest and timber industry, create jobs and lower carbon pollution, the B.C. government in Canada will implement mass timber into the construction of buildings across the province. B.C. Premier John Horgan has appointed Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development, to lead this effort. Kahlon will work with local governments and industry professionals to meet this goal.
“As our economy bounces back from the COVID-19 crisis, we want to do everything we can to support forest workers,” said Premier Horgan. “By focusing on mass timber, we have an opportunity to transition the forestry sector to high-value over high-volume production. This will mean opportunities for local workers, strong partnerships with First Nations and greater economic opportunity while making a significant contribution to advancing CleanBC.”
In 2019, the B.C. government announced its intention to encourage an increased use of mass timber products in its capital construction projects. 13 B.C. communities also committed to develop innovative mass timber technology for taller wood buildings.