B.C. Premier John Horgan recently announced that the province will focus on mass timber construction in order to bolster the forest products industry. To that end the Premier has appointed Ravi Kahlon, parliamentary secretary for forests, lands, natural resource operations, and rural development, to lead the expansion and use of mass timber in B.C. buildings. In prepared remarks Premier Horgan said, “As our economy bounces back from the COVID-19 crisis, we want to do everything we can to support forest workers. By focusing on mass timber, we have an opportunity to transition the forestry sector to high-value over high-volume production. This will mean opportunities for local workers, strong partnerships with First Nations, and greater economic opportunity while making a significant contribution to advancing CleanBC.”
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B.C. seeks to use mass timber to drive economic growth