Current Recipients

Trade associations and research institutes receiving funding 2020/21

Funds are allocated through an annual competition process that reflects the priorities of the B.C. government, the B.C. forest sector and the Federal Government of Canada.


BC Housing Management Commission - $96,800 

  • Design charettes with building experts and policymakers from the City of Vienna and the City of Vancouver to identify opportunities and establish the direction for achieving project goals for the Vienna House project - a six-storey social residential wood building with 106 rental units project in Vancouver, B.C. and is a demonstration of affordable near-zero-emission housing. 
  • The charrettes will be used to develop strategies for addressing the project goals of low-carbon emission design, resilient building strategies, pre-fabrication strategies, and knowledge transfer for wood buildings.  


BC Wood Specialties Group - $1,245,992 

  • Educate and train architects, engineers, interior designers and construction professionals on mass timber and other B.C. value added wood products and their applications through a variety of educational events, such as lunch-and-learn sessions, group seminars and factory tours. 
  • Promote wood building products and systems, as well as the benefits of wood in construction and design, with value-added forest products companies at trade events. 
  • Increase competitiveness, innovation and adaptability of individual value-added wood companies by improving their marketing and business development capability through assessments, site visits, workshops and business development projects. 
  • Pursue niche opportunities for value-added wood products at trade events in the U.S. and Canada. 
  • Bring together British Columbian and Canadian value-added wood products manufacturers with pre-qualified international buyers and specifiers at the virtual 2020 Global Buyers Mission in Whistler. 
  • Deliver targeted market development activities to increase sales in China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Europe. 
  • Support activities to build export readiness of B.C. forest sector SME’s through working with B.C. companies to identify and pursue market opportunities, particularly in the United States. 


Canada Wood Group - $2,783,903 

  • Expand the B.C. forest products sector’s global reach with market access and development teams in China, Japan, South Korea, Europe and India. 
  • In China, address code constraints and provide training and other support to grow wood use in the construction (including pre-fabrication) and manufacturing sectors. 
  • In Japan, develop innovative solutions to expand the use of lumber and panel products in large-scale buildings. 
  • In South Korea, deliver wood-frame design and construction training to support innovative building solutions for larger scale developments, including multi-family structures and those that use infill walls. 


Canadian Wood Council - $531,465 

  • Provide technical support and advice to address wood and mass timber performance attributes in multi-family, multi-storey and non-residential projects. 
  • Convey practical wood design solutions through educational events. 
  • Communicate sound wood construction practices. 
  • Support building and fire code changes that allow for increased wood and mass timber use. 


Cedar Shake and Shingle Association - $123,326 

  • Deliver a multifaceted education and marketing campaign to encourage the use of cedar roofing and sidewall shakes and shingles as a product of choice among specifiers in the U.S. 
  • Research optimal roof system configurations and develop innovative ventilation approaches to mitigate the risk of roof failures caused by moisture entrapment. 


Construction Foundation of BC- $250,184 

  • Deliver the Skills Ready: Indigenous Skills for Wood program to engage Indigenous youth, educators, and industry to learn about B.C. wood products, with an emphasis on innovations in wood engineering and manufacturing. 


Council of Forest Industries - $338,408  

  • In China, encourage further adoption of existing wood applications and introduce new applications for B.C. forest products, such as energy efficient wood wall systems (prefabrication) and tourism-oriented structures. 
  • In Japan, expand opportunities for SPF and hem-fir lumber by promoting wood-frame and hybrid construction in the non-residential sector and in taller/larger buildings. 
  • In South Korea, grow the use of SPF lumber in multi-storey buildings and for use in infill wall systems. 


FPInnovations - $135,718 

  • Develop new and improved design for mid-ply walls by conducting structure and fire tests.  


Kyah Wiget Education Society - $27,808 

  • Educating trades and builders in wood passive house building techniques and theory as part of constructing a BC Housing 26 unit, 3 storey wood frame multi-family building project in the Witset First Nation.  


University of British Columbia – Okanagan - $72,600 

  • Research to enhance resiliency of the mass timber buildings by using novel hybrid building and innovative energy dissipator connectors.  


University of British Columbia – Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability - $83,600 

  • Second phase of the Embodied Carbon Pilot project, builds on the experiences and learning of Phase 1, and will address more common and replicable mass timber building typology. 
  • Phase 2 will leverage the living-lab style mass timber projects undertaken at UBC, and the experience of the team in conducting WBLCAs (whole building life cycle assessments) to develop and test a methodology to calculate and report estimated whole building embodied carbon, using mass timber buildings as pilot projects and in comparisons to other major construction materials and products.  


University of British Columbia – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing - $363,979 

  • Design, engineer, prototype, test and conduct cost-benefit analyses to support value-added manufacturers in the development of new wood products. 
  • Organize a series of networking meetings to foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry. 
  • Deliver educational programs to explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics, mixed reality wood fabrication, and prefabrication in wood and mass timber assemblies. 
  • Develop design guidelines for large span timber-based composite floor systems for high rise office buildings. 
  • Develop novel multi-material deconstructable hybrid connections for mass timber prefabricated buildings. 
  • Develop adhesives modified for use in engineered wood product using fire-retardant nanoclays to improve their thermal stability and reduce the potential fire hazards. 


University of Northern British Columbia - $75,900 

  • Advance high-performance connections in Cross-laminated timber. 
  • Develop guidelines to reduce vibration and enhance sound insulation performance of mass timber floors. 


University of Victoria - $44,000 

  • Develop innovative lateral load resisting systems for mid-rise wood frame buildings. 


Western Red Cedar Lumber Association - $900,000 

  • Deliver a comprehensive program of marketing, communication, education and outreach to increase market awareness and improve the value proposition of western red cedar as a species in the U.S. and Canada.  


Wood Pellet Association of Canada – $63,627 

  • In Europe, improve the regulatory environment for wood pellets and communicate to the power generation and heating sectors the sustainable pedigree of B.C. forest products. 
  • In Japan, identify new customers for industrial wood pellets and increase the amount of volume under long-term sales contracts. 
  • In Canada, and in an effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change, position wood pellets as a viable, environmentally friendly alternative to coal. 


Wood Products Council - $665,000 

  • Encourage shifts in the U.S. design/build community that result in greater wood use in non-residential and multi-family construction projects. 
  • Drive demand and support the specification of wood in mid-rise and mass-timber structures by providing technical advice, education and support to the building community. 


Vancouver Regional Construction Association - $55,000 

  • Documenting construction research and development assets, including specific wood based, to support innovation in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industries. 


ZEBx - $80,850 

  • Building capacity to design and build affordable zero-emissions apartment buildings using wood/mass timber and other low-carbon materials through hands-on technical workshops.