Government launches initiative to renew B.C.’s Interior forestry industry
Friday, April 5, 2019

Originally posted by the Government of British Columbia.

The British Columbia government is launching a regionally driven renewal of the province’s Interior forest industry, aimed...More

Originally posted by the Government of British Columbia.

The British Columbia government is launching a regionally driven renewal of the province’s Interior forest industry, aimed at developing a competitive, sustainable future for forest companies, workers and communities.

In announcing the renewal initiative during a speech to the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), Premier John Horgan said he already has written to the chief executives of Interior forest companies, inviting them to lead the process with government and to partner with labour leaders, First Nations and communities to chart a sustainable path forward. While focusing on the entire Interior forest industry, individual strategy discussions will be carried out in each timber supply area (TSA).

“This will be a local process, led by those who are committed to the future of forestry in their regions, and who are willing to do the tough work to create a shared vision of a prosperous, competitive industry,” Premier Horgan said. “We will expect the results to maximize the potential of the existing timber supply, maintain jobs, incorporate First Nations’ interests, and address the economic, cultural, recreational and other uses of B.C.’s land base.”

This renewal strategy comes just months after government launched a similar initiative for the coastal forest industry. But the Interior industry faces its own unique challenges – after years of enhanced cut levels when the pine beetle epidemic was at its peak, the industry is now facing significantly reduced timber supply and record wildfire seasons, as well as lower prices for Western spruce, fir and pine lumber. This initiative will focus specifically on ways to increase value-added production from a reduced wood fibre supply.

“Enhancing competitiveness for our forest industry means shifting some production from high volume to high value,” Premier Horgan said. “It’s a step forward that we all must take if we want a future defined by opportunity and sustainability.”

“This process will empower regions to maintain forest-industry competitiveness within a framework that is locally led and collaboratively driven, leading to a secure future for forest-dependent communities by building, creating and innovating using B.C. wood,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

To help increase market demand for value-added production – and as part of the CleanBC plan to reduce climate pollution – government announced earlier this year that it was changing the building code to allow the construction of wood buildings up to 12 storeys, using fire-resistant engineered wood.

The Premier announced that government is taking the next major step by requiring engineered wood to be used wherever possible for the construction of two major projects: the new Royal BC Museum in Victoria and the new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

“This is the beginning of the change our forest industry needs,” Premier Horgan said. “We have committed $20 billion in public infrastructure over the next three years – schools, housing, hospitals and more. I have directed that all these projects consider the use of engineered wood as a primary building material, whenever and wherever possible.”

Where local coalitions and commitments emerge at the TSA level, government will enable a facilitated planning process, provide capacity support to First Nations, and deliver analytical resources to assist local coalitions in developing a vision for industry competitiveness and transition, and community economic stability.

“There’s no question this will be a period of unprecedented change, but British Columbians are ready to meet that challenge,” Premier Horgan said. “People in this industry are proud of where they live and what they do, and our government will work with them every step of the way to make sure they have a secure future in the communities they call home.”

Revitalizing the forest sector is a shared priority with the BC Green Party caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Learn More:

Premier John Horgan’s letter to the B.C. Interior forest sector:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Premiers_Letter_to_Forest_Industry.pdf

Cumulative percentage of merchantable forest volume killed since 1999:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Cumulative_Forest_Killed_by_Pine_Unit_with_Fires.pdf

Mountain pine beetle-affected timber supply areas:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/TSA_MPB_AFFECTED_MAP.pdf

Interior harvest in pine beetle affected timber supply areas, 1999-2018:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Interior_Harvest_in_MPB_Affected_TSAs.pdf

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B.C. invests $7.9 million to continue advancing wood use and growing global market
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Originally posted by the Government of British Columbia.

To create and support good jobs in British Columbia’s forest sector, government is investing $7.9 million to promote and...More

Originally posted by the Government of British Columbia.

To create and support good jobs in British Columbia’s forest sector, government is investing $7.9 million to promote and grow markets for B.C. wood products at home and abroad.

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, made the announcement in his opening remarks at the annual Council of Forest Industries conference.

“Advancing new products and markets for B.C.’s world-class wood products supports good jobs in over 140 communities throughout British Columbia,” said Donaldson. “Advancing innovation in wood products and wood technology supports our strategy to maintain B.C. jobs in B.C.’s forest sector.”

Fifteen industry trade associations and research institutes were selected to receive funding and deliver programs that will advance market development or wood innovation programs on behalf of government and industry. Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market development agency for forest products, manages B.C.’s contribution to the selected programs, with additional funding provided by the federal government, through Natural Resources Canada, and B.C. industry.

“This partnership between industry and government is critically important as we work together to expand markets for the high-quality, carbon-friendly wood products that are manufactured in communities throughout B.C.,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries.

A total of $7.9 million will be made available, with $5.8 million committed to activities that work to expand markets for B.C.’s wood products in Asia and North America. The remaining $2.1 million will be delivered through research, marketing, education and capacity building dedicated to the innovative use of wood and wood building systems in B.C.

More than 7,000 businesses in British Columbia are supported by B.C.'s forest sector. Provincial revenue generated through forestry is key to ensuring that public services, such as education, health care, and infrastructure, are delivered throughout the province.

Quick Facts:

In 2018, B.C. exported $14.89 billion in forest products (lumber, pulp and paper and other wood products), which represented 32% of B.C.'s total exports.

B.C. communities are incorporating wood innovation into public buildings, helping lower society’s carbon footprint and deliver value for taxpayers.

Wood products from the Province's sustainably managed forests help tackle climate change by being a renewable building material and a means to store carbon.

B.C. is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for wood building and design expertise, and B.C.’s architects and engineers are recognized as global experts in taller and larger wood construction.

As of 2017, wood has over 90% market share in five- and six-storey, mid-rise residential buildings in the province. For low-rise commercial buildings such as stores, restaurants and office buildings, as well as public institutional buildings, wood has over 30% of the market share.

Learn More:

For a comprehensive information resource featuring the facts and science about wood species, sustainable forests, product manufacturing and building innovations in British Columbia, visit: naturallywood.com

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Code changes create jobs, opportunities in B.C. forest communities
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Original news release posted by the Government of B.C. on March 13, 2019

Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code...More

Original news release posted by the Government of B.C. on March 13, 2019

Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.

“Companies like Structurlam are leading the way with innovative engineered wood products that create jobs in the forest sector and opportunity for people in communities throughout B.C.,” said Premier John Horgan. “Changes to the national building code that allow for taller wood buildings take effect next year, but we’re not waiting to get started. Our government is ready to work with communities to build safe, secure and green tall wood buildings that will create jobs, grow B.C.’s value-added sector and realize our low-carbon future.”

Eligible local governments throughout B.C. are invited to become early adopters of mass-timber technology for construction of buildings up to 12 storeys, up from the current allowance of six storeys.

A mass timber building is one where the primary load-bearing structure is made of either solid or engineered wood. Encapsulated mass timber is where the mass timber components are surrounded by fire-resistant materials like drywall.

“Mass timber technology allows faster construction where large sections of a building can be manufactured in a plant and then assembled on site,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The faster we can deliver the homes that people need, the better for communities right across B.C.”

Mass timber buildings can be one-fifth the weight of comparable concrete buildings, while still meeting performance standards for safety, structural resilience and fire protection. Studies have shown the environmental benefits of using mass timber. The estimated carbon benefit from the wood used in the Brock Commons building was equivalent to taking 511 cars off the road for a year. The development of innovative and cost-effective low-carbon building solutions — like construction using mass timber technology — supports government’s CleanBC goal of making every building more efficient, while creating more jobs and economic opportunities for people, businesses and communities.

The federal 2020 National Building Code is expected to allow mass timber construction up to 12 storeys, and will be reflected in the next edition of the BC Building Code. The technology has been reviewed by the National Building Code committees, as well as by experts such as fire safety specialists, structural engineers, architects, scientists and builders.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing staff will contact local governments with a request for expressions of interest and detailing the next steps for any local governments interested in this voluntary program.

Creating jobs, acting on climate change and building a sustainable economy are shared priorities with the BC Green Party caucus and are part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement. 

Quotes:

Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development —

“Today’s announcement acts directly on my mandate letter commitment to expand B.C.’s innovative wood-products sector and will help create more jobs and new markets for B.C. wood products.”

Hardy Wentzel, chief executive officer, Structurlam —

"Structurlam is proud to be a leader in the North American mass timber industry. We're thrilled to be providing a sustainable and innovative construction solution and setting the bar for quality in an industry that is reshaping skylines. The building code changes announced at our flagship Structurlam facility in Penticton today will further support our ability to fuel the economy and create jobs through mass timber.”

Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director, Canadian Wood Council/Wood WORKS! BC —

“Wood WORKS! BC is proud to support the Government of B.C. as it moves forward and provides early opportunities for municipalities to build taller and faster, using wood. We look forward to assisting those municipalities and project teams requiring information and support to move ahead with this exciting opportunity.”

Gord Ditchburn, president, B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association (BCPFFA) —

“B.C. firefighters are pleased to welcome the great potential that mass engineered timber construction will bring to our province. We support a building code process that balances the efficiencies and progress of industry with the needs of public safety and first responders. Wise decision-making means having everyone at the table and the BCPFFA has appreciated being involved. Including firefighter safety as an objective of the 2020 National Building Code is imperative to maintaining this balance.”

Quick Facts:

  • Any local government currently regulated under the BC Building Code is eligible, provided:
    • there is city council support for the initiative;
    • the planning, building and fire departments are supportive of participating in the process;
    • the lead building official holds a Level 3 Certification from the Building Officials’ Association of BC; and
    • the jurisdiction’s land-use bylaws support buildings greater than six storeys in height.
  • B.C. has obtained permission from the National Research Council to use the encapsulated mass-timber construction provisions from the 2020 National Building Code through a jurisdiction-specific regulation.
  • Mass timber buildings meet or exceed performance standards for safety, structural resilience and fire protection.
  • Other benefits to using mass timber construction include reduced traffic to a site, reduced waste and reduced noise during construction.
  • British Columbia is already home to Brock Commons at the University of British Columbia, which was the world’s tallest mass-timber building when it opened in 2017, and the Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George.
  • Compared to other materials, wood is a more environmentally friendly option, potentially reducing the carbon footprint in construction when sourced from sustainably managed forests.
  • The CleanBC plan was developed as a pathway to achieve the Province’s legislated climate targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by the year 2030.
  • The Province’s Wood First Program encourages innovation through value-added wood products, helping to grow local and global markets, while promoting climate-friendly construction and supporting B.C.’s forest-dependent communities.
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Strengthening markets for B.C. forest products
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Celebrating another year focused on growing and strengthening markets for B.C. forest products, the 2017/18 Year in Review reports on progress made towards growing and strengthening...More

Celebrating another year focused on growing and strengthening markets for B.C. forest products, the 2017/18 Year in Review reports on progress made towards growing and strengthening markets for B.C. forest products.

Highlighting many of the forest sector market development activities that we are involved in around the world, it also draws attention to the achievements of FII, as well as Canada Wood and our many program and association partners in the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea and India. The report also speaks to progress being made in advancing innovation in the use of wood here at home, and efforts to position wood as a preferred, environmentally responsible, low carbon building solution.

This report is an important reminder of the partnerships that are crucial to our market development programs at home and abroad. The contributions and support by the Canadian Government—particularly Natural Resources Canada and Global Affairs Canada—as well as the forest industry, trade associations and research institutions, are instrumental in these accomplishments.

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Wood Innovates BC drives innovation in wood design, building and manufacturing
Thursday, April 12, 2018

This one-stop platform, hosted by naturally:wood, profiles the latest B.C. expertise, wood design resources, events and workshops, to encourage exchange on technological developments,...More

This one-stop platform, hosted by naturally:wood, profiles the latest B.C. expertise, wood design resources, events and workshops, to encourage exchange on technological developments, research, building and manufacturing efficiencies and innovations. The latest trends and topics surrounding the advancement of wood use are featured in addition to a project gallery, case studies, mass timber technical guides, a directory of local suppliers and upcoming events.

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B.C. invests $7.8 million to continue advancing wood use and growing global markets
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Originally posted by the Government of British Columbia.

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood overseas, advance wood...More

Originally posted by the Government of British Columbia.

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood overseas, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, made the announcement today at the Council of Forest Industries’ annual convention in Prince George. Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, was also on hand to support the annual forest industry event.

“Expanding our international markets, especially in Asia, is crucial to the long-term success of B.C.’s forest sector,” said Ralston. “This funding support opens the door to more trade opportunities for B.C. companies, and will lead to greater innovation in the industry.”

Through an annual, competitive call for proposals process, 13 industry trade associations and research institutes were selected to receive funding and deliver market development, or wood innovation programs, on behalf of government and industry. B.C.’s contribution is being managed through Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market development agency for forest products. The Province will cost-share these activities, with additional funding provided by B.C. industry and the federal government, through Natural Resources Canada.

“Building with wood has many benefits: its lower carbon footprint, its cost-effectiveness and its versatility,” said Donaldson. “The funding announced today will help continue to position British Columbia as a preferred supplier of environmentally friendly forest products.”

Of the $7.8 million, $5.985 million will be made available for activities targeted at expanding markets for B.C.’s wood products, with investment priorities that reflect evolving market opportunities in Asia and North America. The remaining $1.852 million will be made available for activities delivered through the Wood First program, which fosters the innovative use of wood and wood building systems in B.C. through research, education, marketing and capacity building.

“The collaborative approach between industry and government toward market development ensures that our sector remains competitive and that we can continue to develop and diversify opportunities for the sector in targeted export markets,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries.

The B.C. forest sector directly employs more than 57,000 British Columbians and supports over 7,000 businesses. Provincial revenue generated through forestry is key to providing essential public services such as education, health care and infrastructure.

Quick Facts:

  • In 2017, B.C. exported $14.1 billion in forest products (lumber, pulp and paper and other wood products), which represented 32% of B.C.’s total exports.
  • Wood from B.C.’s sustainably managed forests is a homegrown solution, contributing to livable communities and local jobs.
  • B.C. communities are incorporating wood innovation into public buildings, helping lower society’s carbon footprint and deliver value for taxpayers.
  • Wood products from the Province’s sustainably managed forests help tackle climate change by being a renewable building material and a means to store carbon.
  • B.C. is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for wood building and design expertise. B.C.’s architects and engineers are recognized as global experts in taller and larger wood construction.
  • Wood is now reaching over 80% market share for five- and six-storey mid-rise residential buildings in B.C.
  • Canada is the international leader in sustainable forest management certification, with B.C. contributing more than any other province.

Learn More:

For a comprehensive information resource featuring the facts and science about wood species, sustainable forests, product manufacturing and building innovations in British Columbia, visit: naturallywood.com

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Representatives from B.C. and Canada embark on mission to India to understand market opportunities
Friday, March 2, 2018

In an effort to understand the opportunities for Canadian wood, FII India is leading a delegation from B.C. and Canada on a four-day trade mission to India.

Delegates will visit...More

In an effort to understand the opportunities for Canadian wood, FII India is leading a delegation from B.C. and Canada on a four-day trade mission to India.

Delegates will visit manufacturers and builders including those specializing in prefabricated construction, commercial homes, interior design, furniture, windows and doors.

During the mission, delegates will visit a development by BMM Real Estate Group, which includes 60 wooden cottages on 16 acres using J-grade SPF; Prestige Lakeside Habitat, which includes 271 low-rise villas using yellow cedar for windows and doors; and Shanthi Vijaya Saw Mills, one of the largest lumber traders/importers in Bangalore.

Following the mission, some delegates will participate in India Wood 2018, an important tradeshow for architects, interior designers, builders, developers and those involved in furniture production and woodworking in India. Canadian forest company kiosks will be assembled collectively under the Canada Pavilion–an exhibit built in the North American wood-frame style of construction and displaying various applications of Canadian wood species.

B.C. companies produce a wide variety of high quality, environmentally friendly forest products that can help meet India’s growing demand for wood. Learn more about FII India’s market development activities at www.canadianwood.in.

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B.C. Ministers visit Gapyeong Canada Village project in South Korea
Friday, January 26, 2018

On January 26, 2018 representatives from the Province of B.C. including the Honorable Bruce Ralston (Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology) and George Chow (Minister of State for Trade...More

On January 26, 2018 representatives from the Province of B.C. including the Honorable Bruce Ralston (Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology) and George Chow (Minister of State for Trade), visited the Gapyeong Canada Village development project in South Korea. Organized by the Province’s partners in market development, Canada Wood Korea, delegates toured the project to understand how Canadian wood products are helping meet Korean demand for healthy housing built with sustainable forest products.

The Canada Village (Daljeon Rural Housing Complex Project) is the largest wood-frame housing development in South Korea and the first joint venture between public and private enterprises in housing development. Covering 60,000 m2 of land in Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi Province, Korea’s most populous province, the development project is a joint venture between Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation (GICO) as the developer and Dreamsite Korea (DSK) as the general contractor.

The project’s 154 units include 115 single-family homes, 26 duplexes and town houses, and 13 mixed-use units. All the homes were constructed using Canadian SPF lumber and with technical support from the Canada Wood Group, a government-industry collaborative backed by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Canada Wood works with builders, developers, engineers and architects in Korea to promote the many benefits of building with high quality, sustainable forest products from Canada.

In addition to the technical support provided through Canada Wood, the Canada Village development also benefited from a donation of SPF lumber from the Province of Alberta in Canada, which was used to help construct a community centre, renamed Maple Hall as a symbol of ongoing partnership between Korea and Canada. GICO is also planning to plant more than 100 maple trees in a surrounding park, aptly named, Maple Park.

"The Government of British Columbia congratulates GICO and Dreamsite Korea on the successful completion of Phase I of the Canada Village project. B.C. and its forest industry support energy-efficient, high-quality wood-frame projects because they are an important component of housing strategies that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We look forward to continued collaboration with GICO and Dreamsite Korea in completing the next two phases of the project.– Honourable Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology

To demonstrate the energy efficiency of wood buildings, several of the units use semi-passive housing technology. Each house features highly insulated building designs and triple glazed windows to greatly reduce the amount of heating oil required as compared to a typical home in Korea.

To ensure the project’s success, GICO and DSK signed a formal memorandum of understanding in 2013 with the Canada Wood Group to provide both technical support for design and construction and quality assurance through building inspections. In 2017, the project won the grand prize, the Minster of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Award for small- and low-rise housing as part of the 21st Good Apartment Design Contest.

The project met another major milestone in July, 2017 when the Energy Efficient Exporters Alliance (EEEA), GICO and DSK signed a memorandum of understanding related to technical, training and marketing support for the construction of thirteen Super-E® and Net-Zero Energy houses to be built in the community. Homes built to the Super E standard are energy efficient, control for moisture content, provide high quality indoor air, and are built with environmentally preferable materials. The first two demonstration houses were successfully completed and certified as Super E® Houses in December 2017, with extensive technical support and quality assurance inspections provided by the EEEA and its consultants.

Canada Village demonstrates how the wood-frame building system can help Korea provide affordable, energy efficient homes, and the role that sustainable forest products from Canada can play in the development of healthy, environmentally friendly building solutions. 

"Demand is shifting from high-rise apartments in the heart of the city to low-rise, low-density housing in the suburbs, forming a slow but irreversible trend. The knowhow we acquired through the development of ‘Bukhangang Dongyeonjae’ in Gapyeong will bloom as derivative projects across the country. Thanks to the technical cooperation and support we have received from Canada Wood, these Super E houses show double the energy efficiency in comparison to regular apartments. And the completion of these two Super E Houses, in combination with the experiences gained from construction of 50 houses in Phase 1, marks the turning point for dramatically improving the energy efficiency of single family houses." – GICO CEO, Yong Hak Kim

"The Government of British Columbia and the Canadian forest industry recognize the efforts of the developer and the builder to provide energy efficient homes in the Korean residential market. We’re particularly proud to have worked with both organizations through Canada Wood Korea and to have Canadian wood used for the project. Canada Village stands as a symbol of the trust that the GICO and DSK have placed in the grade rules and quality standards for wood products sourced from Canada, and we hope the project can serve as a model for similar projects in the future." – Honourable George Chow, B.C. Minister of State for Trade

"The two Super E Houses are the first Super E spec houses for sale in Korea; the homes cost between 15 % and 30% more to build to meet Super E and Net Zero houses compared with houses that are built to code. This is against the considerable energy cost-savings that a Super E home can deliver to the owner. We will be making the energy efficacy data from the two houses available to the public so that home buyers can decide which option they prefer." – DSK CEO, Kwang Hoon Lee

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Premier John Horgan attends the International Policy Forum on Wood Construction and Green Building in Beijing
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

(Original news release posted by the Government of B.C. on January 24, 2018)

Promoting opportunities for British Columbia-China collaboration in wood construction, tourism and...More

(Original news release posted by the Government of B.C. on January 24, 2018)

Promoting opportunities for British Columbia-China collaboration in wood construction, tourism and energy was the focus of Premier John Horgan’s visit to Beijing, which also included a wood and green-building policy forum.

“China is increasingly focused on environmentally sustainable construction, and B.C. is taking every opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of wood building products and systems,” said Premier Horgan. “We are not only marketing wood products and technologies, but also engaging with key government policy and decision makers, so we can expand markets for B.C. forestry products.”

The forum — led by Canada Wood China, experts from B.C. and China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development — shared best practices on wood construction, with a focus on opportunities for B.C. to collaborate with Chinese companies in advancing low-carbon development.

To build on opportunities resulting from the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism and an increased interest in winter sport in China, the delegation also hosted a reception for key tourism operators and influencers. Themed “Ski British Columbia”, the reception featured virtual reality/360 ski videos, interactive ski areas and B.C. agrifoods and seafood.

“The number of tourists travelling from China to our province is growing all the time. With the upcoming Olympics, we now have a major opportunity to build awareness of B.C. as a prime winter ski destination, in addition to a beautiful area to visit in spring and summer,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “While visits from China to B.C. continue to grow, we want Chinese tourists to know that we are ready and keen to welcome them to experience B.C.’s spectacular ski resorts and other destinations.” 

The Beijing leg of the Asia mission also included bilateral meetings with key energy stakeholders in China, and a cross-industry range of investors and entrepreneurs with interest or active projects in B.C.

“Our robust economy, abundant natural resources and stable business environment offer excellent opportunities for Chinese investors,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “The groundwork we’re laying in China today will help attract investment, promote exports and, most importantly, lead to job creation in B.C.”

“Business in China is about building relationships,” said George Chow, Minister of State for Trade. “Through face-to-face meetings with government and business leaders, we’re engaging corporate investors and entrepreneurs to promote B.C. as a competitive destination for trade and investment.”

Quick Facts:

  • B.C. goods exports to China totalled $5.9 billion in 2016, making China B.C.’s second-largest export market.
  • China was also Canada’s second-largest export destination, with 4.3% of Canadian goods shipped there.

Tourism:

  • The 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism was launched by the governments of Canada and China to celebrate and promote tourism opportunities between the two countries.
  • In 2016, there were 312,668 overnight customs entries to British Columbia. China is B.C.’s second-largest market, after the U.S.
  • The Chinese ski market has seen a rapid growth in the last two decades, growing from about 10,000 skiers in 1996 to a reported 12 million in 2015. 

Wood and Wood Products:

  • China is B.C.’s largest market for wood products in Asia by both volume and value, and the second-largest market overall, after the U.S.
  • In 2016, B.C. exported over $1 billion of softwood lumber to China, up from $69 million in 2003, an increase of more than 1,400%.
  • B.C. remains the second-largest supplier of softwood lumber to China, after Russia.
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Mission delegates commemorate the opening of the largest demonstration project in India
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

From January 14–19, 2018 representatives from the Province of B.C. will lead a delegation of government and forest sector executives to India to understand the market and evaluate the...More

From January 14–19, 2018 representatives from the Province of B.C. will lead a delegation of government and forest sector executives to India to understand the market and evaluate the strategic activities being delivered by FII and Canada Wood in India to grow demand for Canadian products.

The purpose of this year’s mission is to measure progress made since senior government and industry executives visited India 18 months ago to understand how the strategy and market development efforts underway aligned with realities in the market. The mission represents an ongoing commitment from the Province and Canadian forest industry to understand the market through regular visits to meet with wood importers, end users, manufacturers and builders.

The mission program has several objectives, including to demonstrate how different target audiences in India are accepting a range of B.C. species, both coastal and interior, in a number of end use applications; and to provide delegates with updates on the India strategy including the status of marketing activities, product trials and demonstration projects. The Canadian High Commission to India will also provide delegates with an economic and political briefing while in New Delhi.

To understand how wood product demand varies by region, delegates will visit a number of locations, including the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University in Ahmedabad, the site of FII’s largest demonstration project to date—a project that features a mix of coastal and interior species as well as engineered wood products from B.C. (Photo: B.C. Deputy Minister of forests Tim Sheldan and CEPT University President Dr. Bim Patel commemorate the opening of the CEPT workshops during the January, 2018 mission to India). 

Watch a video of the CEPT project on YouTube.

Additional site visits across India include:

  • JC Antiques—a leading export-focused furniture manufacturer looking for alternatives to local mango, acacia and sheesham and is currently trialing western hemlock
  • A&D International—another export-focused furniture manufacturer looking for alternatives to local hardwood species and is also currently trialing western hemlock
  • BMM Cottages—a real estate group developing 60 SPF (J-grade) prefabricated cottages on the outskirts of Bangalore
  • Prestige Villas—a leading high end developer building a luxury villa and apartment project using yellow cedar in a number of applications
  • Shanti Vijaya Sawmill—one of the largest importers of wood in southern India

FII is confident that India represents a tremendous, long-term opportunity for Canadian wood products and species.

Market development efforts would not be possible without ongoing commitment from government and industry. For more information on how the Province is positioning B.C. wood species in India, visit canadianwood.in.

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Forestry Trade Mission in Japan highlights growth opportunities
Friday, November 17, 2017

A visit to Doggy’s Island Resort and Villa in Yachimata highlighted the growth opportunities for British Columbia wood products in Japan’s tourism sector, which supports the well-paying...More

A visit to Doggy’s Island Resort and Villa in Yachimata highlighted the growth opportunities for British Columbia wood products in Japan’s tourism sector, which supports the well-paying forestry jobs on which B.C.’s rural communities depend.

While in Japan, delegates on B.C.’s largest-ever forestry trade mission also toured the Tokyo Lumber Terminal, visited CS Lumber and the Japan Home and Building Show, and met with key Japanese customers and government officials.

“While the Japanese market for B.C. wood products is more mature than that in China, there are still opportunities to grow our market share,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. “Given the importance of forestry to B.C.’s economy and family-supporting jobs, I’m interested in pursuing all opportunities to diversify markets for B.C.’s world-class wood products.”

Due to its popularity, the owners of Doggy’s Island Resort are adding another 42 rooms to this pet-friendly resort. The new construction will be wood frame. This is possible only because of recent changes to the Japanese building code with regard to fire-resistant construction.

The use of wood-frame construction in the tourism sector represents a growth opportunity for B.C. wood products. Trade mission delegates also visited CS Lumber, which is supplying the wood components for the resort expansion manufactured from B.C. lumber.

The Japan Home and Building Show – Japan’s largest – is an important event for B.C.’s value-added and specialty wood manufacturers to increase sales in Japan. The home show attracts builders, designers of both residential and commercial buildings. While at the show, Donaldson presented a plaque to Mikio Watanabe, president of Takahiro Mokuzai Co., in recognition of the company’s many years as a leading importer of western red-cedar products from B.C.

The trade mission wrapped up with a networking event of over 160 Japanese customers and a meeting with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism.

Trade missions are a cornerstone of provincial-federal-industry market development efforts in Asia, and raise the understanding about the specific needs of key markets like China and Japan.

Quick Facts:

  • British Columbia is Japan’s largest supplier of wood products. In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to Japan totalled $725 million.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector directly supported 60,000 workers and their families in more than 140 B.C. communities.
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China’s focus on green building opens opportunities for B.C. wood products
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

British Columbia’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to Asia has focused on strengthening ties with the powerhouse economy in China and further diversification of markets for the...More

British Columbia’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to Asia has focused on strengthening ties with the powerhouse economy in China and further diversification of markets for the province’s high-value wood products.

The China leg of the trip concluded with four stops in Jiangsu Province following participation in the third-annual Sino-Canada wood conference in Shanghai.

“This trade mission is a key way for our new government to help strengthen B.C.’s rural economies and protect family-supporting forestry jobs,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson, who is leading his first trade mission. “I’ve been encouraged to hear that government officials, builders and developers in China want to continue our favourable trade relationship in wood products.”

The Sino-Canada wood conference, an important platform to promote Canadian forest products in China, focused on how wood can help China meet its ambitious targets related to prefabrication and green building. The country aims to save energy and reduce carbon emissions by increasing the proportion of prefabricated construction in new structures to 30% in the next 10 years.

In Jiangsu, trade mission delegates met with Gu Xiaoping, Party Secretary General and Deputy Minister of the Jiangsu Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and other officials to discuss the latest developments and the use of innovations such as the prefabricated wood infill walls and cross-laminated timber. Through its partnership with B.C., Jiangsu Province has become a leader in wood-frame construction in China.

Also in Jiangsu, Canada Wood China signed an MOU with Yadong Construction and Development Group for future co-operation on the application and promotion of wood construction technology. In China, MOUs are a first step in commercialization.

The company, a top real estate developer in Jiangsu, showed delegates how it is using wood to build resort home and tourism projects such as the Liyang project, which includes wood-frame villas, a hotel and commercial facilities. Tourism is booming in China, leading to more projects using wood-frame construction, CLT or mixed applications

Trade mission delegates ended their time in China with a tour of the Jiangsu Urban and Rural Construction College. The college wants to position itself as a leader in wood-frame construction training.

Trade missions are a cornerstone of provincial-federal-industry market development efforts in Asia, and raise the understanding about the specific needs of key markets like China and Japan.

Quick Facts:

  • Jiangsu, immediately north of Shanghai, is China’s fifth-most populous province and has a population of over 79 million people.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to China totalled over $1 billion.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector directly supported 60,000 workers and their families in more than 140 B.C. communities.
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Minister Donaldson's trade mission to Japan and China
Friday, November 10, 2017

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson is leading British Columbia’s largest-ever forest sector delegation to China and...More

VICTORIA – Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson is leading British Columbia’s largest-ever forest sector delegation to China and Japan from Nov. 12 to 17. He will be joined by over 30 senior executives from B.C. forest companies and associations.

“We need to continue to diversify and expand markets for B.C. wood products, both at home and abroad,” said Donaldson. “Forestry is one of B.C.’s founding industries, and an important part of a sustainable economy, that in 2016 supported more than 60,000 workers and their families in communities throughout B.C.”

China and Japan are B.C.’s second- and third-largest markets for softwood lumber products, and trade mission participants will meet with customers and government officials, and explore ways to raise the value of the products B.C. exports.

“B.C. is a world-leader in sustainable forestry, and our carbon-friendly building materials are in demand around the globe,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries. “We currently export about a third of our forest products to China and Japan and see more opportunity to grow in these markets and to showcase how B.C.’s innovative building materials can help reduce the environmental impact of the built environment.”

In China, delegates will discuss how B.C. wood products can help the country meet ambitious goals it has set related to prefabrication and green building. They will attend the third annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference, which will emphasize opportunities for wood in prefabricated construction.

Trade mission delegates will also meet with officials from Jiangsu Province to review the progress made to advance wood-frame construction with the support of B.C. experts, including a wood truss reroofing system and prefabricated infill hybrid walls.

“Trade missions such as these help reinforce the fact that B.C. is a reliable trade partner for high-quality wood products from sustainable sources,” said Rick Jeffery, president and CEO, Coast Forest Products Association. “They help us to advance new high-value opportunities, from multi-storey residential buildings in China to tourist resorts in Japan.” In Japan, the focus is on expanding the use of wood in multi-family and non-residential construction, and new applications for higher-value engineered wood products. Delegates will
tour a resort construction site in Koyaru, and learn about growing opportunities for B.C. wood in Japan’s tourism sector. The Minister will visit the Canadian Pavilion at the Japan Home & Building Show and tour the Tokyo Lumber Terminal.

Trade missions are a cornerstone of provincial-federal-industry market development efforts in
Asia, and raise the understanding about the specific needs of key markets like China and Japan.
Quick Facts:

  • In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to China totalled over $1 billion.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s softwood lumber exports to Japan totalled $725 million.
  • In 2016, B.C.’s forest sector directly supported 60,000 workers and their families in more than 140 B.C. communities.

 

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BC invests $7.7 million to advance wood use and grow global markets
Friday, April 7, 2017

Originally published on BC Gov News

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.7 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, advance wood building systems and products, and...More

Originally published on BC Gov News

The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.7 million to promote the use of B.C. wood, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets, Premier Christy Clark announced at the Council of Forest Industries annual convention today.

Premier Christy Clark made the announcement in her keynote speech, which spoke to government’s actions on the softwood lumber file. Diversifying markets and reducing reliance on the United States market continues to be a key part of government’s strategy to keep B.C.’s forest sector strong.

“Forestry will always play a crucial role in communities throughout B.C.,” said Premier Clark. “By growing international demand, we are decreasing our reliance on a single market, creating more opportunity, and supporting the tens of thousands of British Columbians who rely on forestry.”

The annual funding is being made available to 14 different industry trade associations and research institutes that deliver market development programs on behalf of government and industry. B.C.’s contribution is being managed through Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market development agency for forest products.

“Over 90% of B.C.’s forest products are exported, making international trade vital to the success of the forest economy,” said Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat. “Market development and diversification not only safeguard against global uncertainties, but also create new, higher-value opportunities for B.C. producers.”

Of the $7.7 million, $5.9 million will be made available for activities targeted at expanding markets for B.C.’s wood products, with investment priorities that reflect evolving market opportunities in Asia and North America. The remaining $1.8 million will be made available for activities delivered through the Wood First program, which fosters the innovative use of wood and wood building systems in B.C. through research, education, marketing and capacity building.

Advancing wood use and growing international markets is a collaborative effort. The Province will cost-share these activities, with additional funding being provided by industry and the federal government through Natural Resources Canada.

“B.C. is internationally recognized as a leader in sustainable forest management,” said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. “As the benefits of building with wood become more widely recognized – including its lower carbon footprint, its cost-effectiveness and its versatility – our reputation will continue to position us as a preferred supplier of environmentally friendly forest products.”

Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a component of the BC Jobs Plan. The B.C. forest sector employs more than 60,000 British Columbians and supports over 7,000 businesses.

“A strong forest sector requires the co-operation of industry and government,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO, Council of Forest Industries. “Given the current challenges we face, the importance of working together to diversify offshore markets for B.C. forest products has never been greater.”

Quick Facts:

  • In 2016, B.C. exported $13.9 billion in forest products (lumber, pulp and paper and other wood products), which represented 35% of B.C.’s total exports.
  • Canada is the international leader in sustainable forest management certification with B.C. contributing more than any other province.
  • Wood products from the Province’s sustainably managed forests help tackle climate change by being a renewable building material and a means to store carbon.

Learn More:

“Taking a Stand: United Action on B.C. Softwood Lumber” connects B.C. companies and communities with international opportunities and promotes our competitive advantages to investors and decision-makers around the globe:
www.gov.bc.ca/softwoodlumber

Connecting B.C. companies and communities with international opportunities and promoting B.C.`s competitive advantages to investors and decision-makers around the globe: www.BritishColumbia.ca

The BC Jobs Plan: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

Forestry Innovation Investment is the province’s market development agency for forest products: www.bcfii.ca

A comprehensive information resource featuring the facts and science about wood species, sustainable forests, product manufacturing and building innovations in British Columbia: www.naturallywood.com

Trade associations and research institutes receiving funding

Funding is delivered by the Province through Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd.

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

BC Wood Specialties Group - $1.08 million

  • Educate and train architects, engineers, interior designers and construction professionals on available B.C. wood products and their applications through a variety of educational events, such as lunch-and-learn sessions, group seminars and factory tours.
  • Promote 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 high impact trade events in the United States and Canada.
  • Bring together B.C. and Canadian value-added wood products manufacturers with pre-qualified international buyers and specifiers at the 2017 Global Buyers Mission in Whistler.
  • Open doors for market opportunities and increase sales in China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Europe.

Canada Wood Group - $3.26 million

  • In China: pursue innovative uses of B.C. products for wood in construction and wood in manufacturing by addressing code constraints and providing training and quality support.
  • In Japan: develop innovative solutions to expand the use of lumber and panel products in large scale buildings.
  • In South Korea: continue wood-frame design and construction training to support innovative building solutions for larger scale developments, including multi-family structures and infill walls.
  • Expand the B.C. forest products sector’s global reach with market access and -development teams in China, Japan, Korea, Europe and India.
  • Respond to global phytosanitary barriers to trade and product-acceptance issues for B.C. wood products.

Canadian Wood Council- $535,000

  • Provide technical support and advice to address wood 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 address the use of wood.
  • Broaden wood design awareness through a wood awards program.

Cedar Shake and Shingle Association - $125,000

  • Encourage the use of cedar roofing and sidewall shakes and shingles as a product of choice among specifiers in the UnitedStates with a multifaceted education and marketing campaign.

Coast Forest Products Association - $108,000

  • In Japan: promote the use of B.C. Coast Species for innovative hybrid solutions for multi-unit, institutional and other non-residential buildings
  • In China: increase awareness, technical knowledge of B.C. coastal species and create demand in a wide range of manufacturing applications.

FPInnovations - $217,000

  • Improve entrepreneurial skills of small- to medium-size wood product manufacturers by improving their capacity to adopt new manufacturing technologies and develop new products through technology transfer projects, technical assessments, workshops, webinars and face-to-face outreach activities.
  • Research mitigation of construction moisture risks in mass timber systems.

University of British Columbia - $465,000

  • Support value-added manufacturers in their development of new products through design, engineering, prototyping, testing and cost/benefit analyses.
  • Foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry through organizing a series of networking meetings.
  • Explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics and mixed reality wood fabrication, through educational programs.
  • Research and document the full construction process of UBC’s Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence.

University of Northern British Columbia - $160,000

  • Conduct research to prepare ductile connection details for use in mass timber structures in seismically active regions.
  • Investigate the performance of timber concrete composite floor systems.
  • Research the optimal configuration of mass timber and tall wood building hold-down connectors.
  • Convey advanced wood processing and building design solutions through educational programs and events.

Council of Forest Industries - $254,000

  • In China: open doors for existing applications and innovate new applications for B.C. forest products, such as energy-efficient wood wall systems and tourism-oriented structures.
  • In Japan: expand opportunities for SPF lumber by promoting wood-frame and hybrid construction in the non-residential sector and in large-scale buildings.
  • In South Korea: grow the use of SPF lumber in multi-storey / multi-unit buildings, and for infill wall systems.

Engineered Wood Products Association (APA) - $45,000

  • Create new opportunities and demand for B.C structural panels and engineered wood products in large-scale non-residential construction in Japan with a diversified promotional and educational program for Japanese specifiers.

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association - $1.01 million

  • Increase market awareness and improve Western Red Cedar’s value proposition with an integrated comprehensive program of marketing, communication, education and outreach efforts.

Wood Pellet Association of Canada – $90,000

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

Wood Products Council - $445,000

  • Work toward shifts in the U.S. design and builder community that result in greater wood use in non-residential and multi-unit construction projects.
  • Provide technical advice, education, and support in order to drive demand and support the specification of wood in midrise and mass timber structures.
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B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in...More

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in the first major commercial wood demonstration project to showcase B.C. forest products in India.

As India's economy grows, traditional wood supply cannot meet increasing demand. As a leading supplier of sustainable forest products, British Columbia is seen as an attractive long-term supplier. Support for the project is being provided by the Government of B.C.'s market development agency for forest products, Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), through its India office.

The wood products will be used to construct a facility housing several design workshops at India's Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University located in Ahmedabad, Gujurat State and will serve as a showcase to help grow awareness and demand in India for B.C. wood products.

Incorporating wood, concrete and steel, the project will not only inspire the school's students who work and design with wood, but will also be a model of sustainable architecture and environmental responsibility for the Indian design community. By introducing Canadian wood species through special projects and course curriculum, the university sees the project as providing a long-term opportunity for collaboration with British Columbia and Canada.

In addition to the glue-laminated arches for the roof assembly supplied by Penticton-based Structurlam, other B.C. wood products, including those made of hemlock, Douglas fir and yellow cedar, are being used extensively throughout the project in a range of interior and exterior applications. These products are being supplied by Surrey's Coast Clear Wood and through a donation of lumber from the Coast Forest Products Association.

During an October 2016 trade mission to India, Finance Minister Michael de Jong visited the CEPT University campus to support a partnership between the Province and the University. In November, FII India entered into an agreement to support the extensive use of B.C. forest products in the project. Under the agreement, the Province will invest approximately $100,000 to share the costs, with CEPT, of the B.C. wood used in the project and to cover import duties for B.C. products not currently available in India. Industry will donate an additional $11,000 worth of B.C. lumber already in India.

This demonstration project is a direct result of the Province's accelerated market development efforts in India. In addition to pursuing product trials and other high-profile commercialization projects, the strategy for growing demand for B.C. wood products in India includes collaboratively promoting the Canadian wood brand with Natural Resources Canada and industry through Canada Wood.

Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a component of the BC Jobs Plan. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province's goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, as outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.'s Forest Sector.

For more information visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0006-000102

 

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