B.C. wood industry welcomes provincial support for mass timber construction

By / Russell Hixson, Journal of Commerce

B.C. wood builders and product manufacturers are applauding the province’s push to grow its mass timber industry.

Recently, government officials appointed 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. Kahlon will work with stakeholders to build new markets for mass timber products to assist the province as it plans to rebuild the economy in the wake of COVID-19. 

“It is very significant anytime that you get an impetus from government to help promote and support a nascent industry,” said Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam. “It really says that government is fully on board and behind this, which the B.C. government always has been.”