VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has announced new funding for six wood-product manufacturers, aimed at growing the province’s wood sector.
This initiative, part of the BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund (BCMJF), is set to bolster local economies and secure hundreds of forestry jobs.
A total of up to $6.49 million is allocated for both capital and planning projects. These projects will enable manufacturers to expand operations, upgrade equipment and introduce new product lines. The funding aims to enhance innovation and sustainability in the sector, while also preserving existing jobs and creating new ones.
Among the recipients, S&R Sawmills Ltd. will receive up to $4 million. This funding will support the installation of a new trimmer/sorter/stacker line at their Langley-based D Mill. The project is expected to increase efficiency, reduce waste and create 25 new jobs.
Canoe Forest Products Ltd. is set to receive up to $2.25 million for replacing an outdated kiln. This upgrade will improve the company’s long-term viability, protect 205 jobs, and enable the processing of diverse wood species, a release reads. It is also projected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent.
The BCMJF is also funding four other wood-product manufacturers. Paradigm Building Solutions Ltd. will receive up to $106,000 for an automated saw purchase. BCollective Homes Inc. is set to get up to $50,000 for planning in-house prefabrication of panels. Kruger Kamloops L.P. will receive a similar amount for engineering work related to a pressure diffusion washer. Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd. is allocated up to $30,000 for a technical assessment to enhance production capacity.
These investments underscore the critical role of both urban and rural wood-product manufacturers in the province’s value-added forestry sector.