The Canadian forest industry builds plans for demonstration projects

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! and the
Quebec Wood Export Bureau/Cecobois together with several forest industry
groups, have issued an Expression of Interest to the Canadian design community
linking demonstration project funding announced earlier this year by the
federal government.
    Canada's Economic Action Plan provides Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
with $10 million over two years to support large-scale demonstrations of
non-traditional uses of wood in domestic markets and Canadian-style use of
wood for construction in offshore markets. A portion of this allocation will
be targeted toward funding successful proposals through this Expression of
Interest and a subsequent Request for Proposal process.
    NRCan and provincial governments in conjunction with the Canadian Wood
Council and the Quebec Wood Export Bureau will identify building project(s) in
the concept, schematic or design development stage in Canada which can
successfully demonstrate commercial viability of innovative wood-based
products, traditional wood products used in non-traditional ways and/or CLT
system(s) in both structural and/or architectural applications.
    The environmental and economic benefits of wood use are to be emphasized
in these demonstration project(s), which will assist in expanding and
developing markets.
    This is the first step of an exciting new initiative to identify the best
possible project(s) in Canada for consideration by NRCan and its provincial
    Additional and incrementally more complex future steps will lead to the
construction of demonstration buildings that will introduce, document,
evaluate and showcase new workable wood solutions that have the greatest
potential to be repeated in broader North American markets.
    The full EOI document and related background information can be found at:

For further information:

For further information: not available on the website, please contact
the following Wood WORKS! regional or Cecobois representatives. British
Columbia - Wood Works! BC - Oscar Faoro:;
Alberta/Saskatchewan - Wood WORKS! Alberta - Rory Koska:; Ontario/Manitoba - Wood WORKS! Ontario - Steven
Street:; Quebec - Cecobois - Louis Poliquin:; Other provinces - Canadian Wood Council - Etienne
Lalonde:; Technical matters related to the
website should be directed to: - Wood WORKS! Ontario - Lance Belanger:

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