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Feds invest $2.5M in CWC’s Advanced Wood Education Roadmap program


August 6, 2019
By Ellen Cools
Ellen Cools

The Canadian government announced today that it will be investing $2.5-million in the Canadian Wood Council (CWC)’s Advanced Wood Education Roadmap, to promote the benefits and opportunities of using wood in non-residential construction.

The funding will help the Canadian Wood Council create and provide new Canadian post-secondary learning curricula, resources, tools, and work placements, to help teach students the benefits of wood, wood-hybrid and non-traditional construction.

The money comes from Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) program, which promotes using wood in non-traditional construction projects, and aims to position Canada as a world leader in tall wood construction.

“The wood products industry applauds the GCWood funding announcement from Natural Resources Canada in support of an education roadmap. Supporting post-secondary institutions will equip future engineers, architects and builders with the knowledge and skillsets to design and build modern wood structures – resulting in expanded market demand for Canadian wood products, support for job growth, promotion of innovation in research and technology, and mitigation of climate change through carbon absorption and storage,” said Rick Jeffrey, interim president of the Canadian Wood Council.