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Feds invest $4.1M to build tall wood building in Toronto

May 30, 2019  By  Ellen Cools

Mock-up of The Arbour. Photo courtesy George Brown College.

The federal government today announced it will invest $4.1 million to build a 10-storey tall wood building in Toronto.

The building, called The Arbour, is a $134 million project at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus. According to a government press release, the building will use approximately 3,000 cubic metres of wood.

“By supporting advancements in wood construction, the federal government is driving innovation in the construction sector and investing in a more sustainable future for all Canadians. This support will be vital as George Brown College develops The Arbour, Ontario’s first tall-wood, low-carbon institutional building. As the home of a research hub focused on mass timber construction, as well as flexible learning spaces and a community childcare centre, this facility will serve as an example of how we can incorporate sustainability into all aspects of our lives, including where we learn, work and play,” said Anne Sado, president of George Brown College, in the news release.

“We couldn’t be happier about this announcement. The selection of The Arbour as an NRCan tall wood demonstration project is a significant achievement for George Brown College, the project team and the City of Toronto. This versatile building will stand as a clear, inspiring demonstration of what can be achieved with modern wood construction. The example set by The Arbour will help drive advancement in sustainable wood construction and lead the way for additional tall wood projects in the Greater Toronto Area and across the country,” added Ontario Wood WORKS!’ Marianne Berube in a statement.


This project is the first to be funded by the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) program.

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