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Information about mass timber and the Mass Timber Demonstration Program
  • Mass timber is a sustainable building material that is engineered through fastening multiple layers of smaller dimension wood together with glue, dowels or nails.
  • Mass timber products are solid, structural load-bearing components, such as columns, beams and panels, used to construct residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
  • This process can deliver as much as seven times the economic value when compared to milling logs for lumber.
  • Mass timber can match or exceed the structural performance of concrete and steel, while reducing carbon emissions by as much as 45%.
  • Since the components of mass timber are custom manufactured, it can reduce waste and reduce the time it takes to put up a building.
  • The growing mass timber sector will support more than 4,000 jobs in manufacturing, technology, forestry, design and engineering, and bring new jobs to communities throughout the province.
  • The mass timber sector will promote new technologies and approaches to further support existing jobs, with a projected worth of $403 million by 2035.
  • Boosting the sector’s skills training through trades programs at post-secondary institutions will help fill those expected openings.
  • Launched in April 2022, the Mass Timber Action Plan is designed to build demand for mass timber buildings.
  • The Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP) was established in spring 2021.
  • The funding from the MTDP supports the advancement of mass timber projects that continue to change the face of construction in the province.
  • Individual projects can receive as much as $500,000 for costs associated with design development, permitting and construction using mass timber.
  • Goals of the program include:
    • expanding the use of mass timber in B.C.;
    • overcoming barriers to the development of mass timber expertise and construction; and
    • solidifying B.C.’s global leadership in advancing mass timber products, technologies and services.
Mass Timber Demonstration Program recipients, project summaries

Municipal projects

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce: The Confluence ($250,000) –

Combined tourist information centre, technology incubator, chamber of commerce office and meeting facilities. Will be the only Passive-House-certified institutional building in B.C.’s Interior.

District of Saanich ($500,000) –

The redevelopment of Fire Station No. 2 will demonstrate how mass timber can be used in a “post-disaster” building designed to withstand emergencies. The project will replace the present one-storey, 353 square-metre building with a two-storey 2,190 square-metre steel-and-timber post-and-beam system that will accommodate a fire-training tower and emergency vehicles.

First Nations' project

First Nations Health Authority ($500,000) –

The six-storey building will demonstrate institutional use of mass timber, supporting health and cultural activities. The design will expose as much mass timber as possible to evoke the plank-house tradition of the Coast Salish people, and the space will be used for First Nations Health Authority employees, as well as social spaces for gatherings, cultural activities and education.

The building will target Rick Hansen Foundation certification for accessibility.