Massive Canada to build new mass timber plant in Williams Lake, B.C.
June 19, 2023 By CFI staff
The B.C. government is footing up to $10 million of the $75-million bill for Massive Canada to construct a new mass timber manufacturing facility in Williams Lake in the Central Interior.
Massive Canada is renovating and equipping an existing 91,000 square-foot manufacturing plant to pre-fabricate laneway homes, apartment units, townhouses and commercial projects using mass-timber building products and systems.
Gaetan Royer, CEO of Massive Canada, said in a government news release the company will bring together sustainable mass-timber products and prefabrication into one facility.
“We manufacture buildings to help B.C. communities achieve their affordable housing and climate goals,” Royer said. “The B.C. government’s 2022 Mass Timber Action Plan was a pivotal document for us. Thanks to the Manufacturing Jobs Fund, we will create jobs for knowledge workers and tradespersons in this innovative industry.”
The Williams Lake project is the first approved through the province’s new $180-million BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund.
“Supporting manufacturing companies to grow and develop innovative, value-added products creates opportunities to get more jobs out of every tree,” B.C. Premier David Eby said in the release. “Innovative projects like this one support families and communities through the transition from high-volume to high-value production. Everyone involved in this exciting new initiative should be proud of this good, province-building work.”
Small-scale operations are expected to begin at the facility this year, with full operations in 2024.
Applications for the BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund are open and being approved on a rolling basis.
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