Canada Advances Economic Growth in Forest Sector With Call for Expressions of Interest for Engineered Wood Bridges

News release

November 20, 2018             Ottawa, Ontario            Natural Resources Canada

Our government supports the use of forest products to boost economic competitiveness, create good jobs and build healthier communities, while protecting our environment. This includes investments in advanced wood construction that will help position Canada as a leader in low-carbon construction for generations to come.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a call for Expressions of Interest for engineered wood bridges that will boost Canada’s innovative and sustainable forest industry and create good, middle-class jobs.

Successful project proposals will design and build innovative wood bridges with spans of 20 metres or more for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Our government invested $39.8 million over four years in Budget 2017 for the implementation of a new national program, Green Construction Through Wood (GCWood), designed to encourage the use of wood in non-traditional construction projects, such as tall buildings, low-rise non-residential buildings and bridges.

Over their life cycle, wood-based materials use less energy and are less polluting than traditional materials. Using wood-based materials can cut overall pollution in buildings, helping Canada reach its 2030 climate target and support its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

We are now accepting Expressions of Interest for engineered wood bridges until March 25, 2019, at 17:00 EDT.

Quotes

“Finding new ways to use wood can help clean our air, grow the economy and make our communities healthier.  We continue to invest in Canada’s forest industry so that our businesses can be world leaders in the low-carbon economy.”

Amarjeet Sohi
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

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Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
343-543-7645
Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca

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