OTTAWA, ON. – The Government of Canada is looking to fund the next generation of engineers and architects looking to design and build with wood.
Federal minister of natural resources Amarjeet Sohi announced on Aug. 6 that the government will invest $2.5 million in the Canadian Wood Council’s Advanced Wood Education Roadmap to promote the benefits of and opportunities afforded by using wood in non-residential construction.
“Canada is a world leader in forest product innovation. And our government is proud to support this initiative, which will provide the next generation of engineers and architects with the expertise and knowledge they need to continue on the path of ingenuity through wood construction, while creating jobs and helping us meet our climate change goals,” Sohi said.
The project will design and implement new post-secondary learning curricula, resources, tools and work placements to teach the benefits of wood, wood-hybrid and non-traditional 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,” Canadian Wood Council interim president Rick Jeffery said.
Funding for the project comes through the Natural Resources Canada’s Green Construction Through Wood program, which encourages wood use in low-rise non-residential buildings, bridges and tall wood buildings.
The funding will also help Canada achieve its 2030 climate change goals by training future design and construction leaders to reduce greenhouse emissions while building sustainably with Canadian wood, a government release stated.