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B.C. aims to grow mass timber construction and become the ‘Harvard of green building’ (New SPH)

PROVINCE OF B.C. — Premier John Horgan and ministers Katrine Conroy and Michelle Mungall visit Kalesnikoff Lumber Company in South Slocan. The province is undertaking efforts to grow the mass timber construction industry. (Photo credit: Daily Commercial News)

VICTORIA — B.C. officials have tapped Ravi Kahlon, the parliamentary secretary for forests, lands, natural resource operations and rural development, to spearhead the expansion and use of mass timber in construction.

“As our economy bounces back from the COVID-19 crisis, we want to do everything we can to support forest workers,” said Premier John Horgan, who made the announcement during a meeting with the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI). “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.”

The province stated last year it had goals to increase the use of mass timber in capital construction projects like the new St. Paul’s Hospital and the replacement of the Royal BC Museum.

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