Officials stress importance of northern Ontario's wood supply

Members of the forestry sector say northern Ontario's forests could play a major role in addressing the housing affordability crisis in Canada.

To encourage contractors, engineers and architects to build with wood, the Liberal government is giving $855,000 to extend the Canadian Wood Council's (CWC) 'Wood WORKS!' program for two more years.

"Wood is part of the solution. If people are using wood in construction, then there's a demand for the product and so that drives the jobs," said CWC president and CEO Rick Jeffery.

"The Wood WORKS! program works closely with the architects, engineering, construction and development community, as well as municipal officials, and helps them build with wood effectively."

Wood WORKS! also develops technical content and continuing education opportunities for architecture, engineering, construction and development professionals to expand their capacity for wood design and construction.

Some of the program’s key strategic activities target the expanded use of wood in low-rise commercial construction, mid-rise buildings, multi-unit residential developments and bridges.

"It has been doing such a great job at encouraging wood to be used," said Nipissing-Timiskaming Liberal MP Anthony Rota.

"It's something that the federal government really believes in."

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