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Using innovation to drive commercialization in B.C.’s forest sector

March 6, 2017

By: The Working Forest Staff

The challenge is clear. While British Columbia’s forest sector has a distinct advantage in market development, there are untapped opportunities related to innovation.

The Province is announcing today the launch of the Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy for the B.C. Forest Sector. The strategy, done in partnership with FPInnovations, will help maximize the value of B.C.’s forest resources while identifying innovative solutions to maintain and strengthen the sector.

The Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy for the B.C. Forest Sector builds on three themes: enhanced economic viability, environmental sustainability and Aboriginal and community technical support. The 20-page document outlines goals and outcomes that will further support the needs of B.C.’s rural communities and grow local economies. The strategy’s ultimate goal is to use innovation to drive commercialization and enhance the forest resource and product value.

A recent example of innovation is the development of cross-laminated timber that is used to construct tall-wood buildings. The Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia is an 18-storey wood building, which highlights the benefits of building with wood. By using wood, the impact is a reduction of 2,432 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, compared to other construction materials, the equivalent of taking approximately 500 cars off the road for a year.

The forest sector is a key driver of B.C.’s economy. It provides direct jobs for tens of thousands of British Columbians and supports more than 140 rural communities throughout the province.

FPInnovations provides cutting-edge research from locations across Canada, including a laboratory in Vancouver. The not-for-profit organizations specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners.

Today’s launch of the strategy builds on one of the 49 actions committed in the Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competitiveness Agenda for British Columbia’s Forest Sector. Innovation is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen and grow rural communities.

The Clean-Tech Innovation Strategy is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen and grow rural communities. To further support the needs of rural communities and grow local economies, the Province will be releasing a Rural Economic Development Strategy in the near future.

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