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Canadian Wood Council Supports Ontario’s Decision on Mid-Rise

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and Wood WORKS! Ontario are pleased with the Government of Ontario’s announcement today that it will move ahead with proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code to allow the use of wood-frame construction in buildings of up to six-storeys. The changes will allow Ontario builders to access safe, strong and sophisticated building solutions.

 “We welcome Ontario’s announcement that it will undertake a Regulatory Review of the implications of adopting wood-frame construction in five- and six-storey applications,” said Michael Giroux, President and CEO of CWC. “We look forward to supporting this review process with the knowledge and expertise gained from years of designing and constructing these types of buildings in British Columbia and elsewhere in North America. Our goal is to ensure that wood products and building systems are fairly represented in the Ontario Building Code and ensure a level playing field for all structural products.”

The changes to the Ontario Building Code would be similar to changes made to the British Columbia Building Code in 2009, which had an immediate impact on the local economy. With B.C. as a case study, Ontario builders are presented with a viable code compliant construction option that meets safety, health, accessibility, as well as fire and structural requirements in the code. 

Whether built with light wood framing materials or new engineered wood products, the added height and area of these buildings creates new opportunities for architects and developers to deliver projects that best fit their overall vision and design. And by providing a reduced carbon footprint in the construction of mid-rise buildings, wood offers a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to Ontario home builders.

“We are very happy with the code changes announced today. They are the result of a lengthy, carefully considered process that has involved a great deal of consultation and input from all stakeholders,” said Marianne Berube, Executive Director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! project. “These changes offer new opportunities to meeting urban densification plans and create more affordable housing. We look forward to the innovative niche market for mid-rise buildings that will be created by these changes.”

For additional information on the new wood mid-rise opportunity, visit:

Details on the regulatory review can be found here:


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The case for the solar-powered carbon sucking oxygen spewing machine

Summary: The presentation will explore the idea of sustainable design through the use of the most abundant resource Canada has: Wood. The emphasis will be on the choice of material and material combinations based on their impact on the environment; combining the material in such a way that the best attribute of each material is explored and highlighted; performing the design, detailing and maintenance of the building based on the principle of “cradle to cradle”. The presentation looks back at some historic buildings and highlights how things were done “right”; current building design and code limitations; and finally looks into the future of design with timber and timber-hybrid buildings.
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Federal Government Invests to Strengthen the Forestry and Wood-Products Industries in Northern Ontario


On January 31st, FedNor announced funding to support the CWC’s Ontario Wood WORKS! program. Designed to position wood as an excellent choice and best-value building material for all types of construction, this strategic initiative will help diversify the industry, while creating growth and sustainable prosperity for communities and businesses across Northern Ontario. Read the press release.


Tim Buhler, Wood WORKS! – Judy Sharp, Executive Director, One Kids Place – MP Jay Aspin (Nipissing – Timiskaming) – Paul Krabbe, VP Tembec and CWC Board Member – Marianne Berube, Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS! – Sarah Hicks, Ontario Wood WORKS! – Carmen DeMarco, Manager, Program Delivery, Northeastern Ontario, FedNor

Canadian and American Wood Councils Release New Environmental Product Declarations

These North American Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are standardized tools that provide information about the environmental footprint of the products they cover. The North American wood products industry has taken its EPDs one step further by obtaining third-party verification from the Underwriters Laboratories Environment(ULE), an independent certifier of products and their sustainability.Click here for more information.