VICTORIA – The Government of British Columbia is putting $250,000 towards wood manufacturing by promoting B.C. sustainable and competitive wood products suppliers.
The funding provided through the Ministry of Forests, is for BC Wood to market the province’s wood manufacturing sector in global markets, a release said.
“Wood manufacturing is growing in British Columbia as more forestry businesses retool and expand their facilities, helping make sure we get more jobs for every tree harvested. Having our local manufacturers take centre stage in global markets that are increasingly looking for renewable wood products will support highly skilled and good-paying jobs here at home,” B.C. Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston said in a statement.
The release said the introduction of value-added accelerator workshops highlights the need to promote B.C.-manufactured wood products. The first round of accelerator workshops took place in fall 2023 through four virtual sessions and three in-person workshops, with a total of 564 participants.
“Showcasing and marketing B.C. wood products on the global stage is important work that spotlights the innovation our sector is known for. Our recent involvement with First Nations, industry and the newly formed Ministry of Forests’ forest sector transformation team has reinforced the importance of this work as a key strategy in diversifying and strengthening B.C.’s forest economy,” BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh added.
The province also has a value-added manufacturing program run by B.C. Timber Sales which provides an open-market supply of fibre for small and medium-sized manufacturers.