The Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP) in British Columbia provides funding for incremental costs in the design and construction of buildings that showcase emerging or new mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction processes. It is the intention of the MTDP to expand the use of mass timber in British Columbia and to support jobs and employment recovery in the design, engineering, construction, and product manufacturing sectors. Additionally, the program will disseminate any lessons learned, results, and research findings to help support future mass timber projects in the province.
The goals of MTDP are to:
- Grow British Columbia’s mass timber, engineered wood products industry.
- Grow British Columbia’s industries that support and contribute to mass timber and mass timber hybrid construction (i.e. design, engineering, technical research, virtual design, prefabrication, construction/assembly, etc).
- Support the province’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
Available funds from the province are designated to support incremental costs in the following research, design and construction areas:
- Design development, permitting and construction planning; and
- Construction and related activities.
Eligible applicants include:
- For-profit building sector organizations registered in British Columbia (i.e. developers, building owners);
- British Columbia local governments, including municipalities and regional districts; and
- First Nations governments and organizations.
In 2020, Canada’s National Building Code was updated to permit buildings up to 12 stories to be built using wood and mass timber construction. As a result of this, 13 communities in British Columbia and the University of British Columbia have signed on to be early adopters of mass timber construction up to 12 stories.
While building codes are beginning to allow this type of construction, there can still be barriers such as a lack of knowledge around its application, technical performance, constructability and incremental costs.
To further the adoption of mass timber construction, the Province of British Columbia, through Forestry Innovation Investment, will invest $3 million to support near-term costs that will help accelerate the use of mass timber and support B.C.’s economic recovery.