Horgan: Mass timber will help BC meet climate targets, boost recovery

BC NDP Leader John Horgan on Saturday brought his campaign to move BC forward to Revelstoke, talking with small businesses about the importance of mass timber to growing the economy and tackling climate change.

“The climate crisis and the economic crisis brought on by COVID-19 are huge challenges, but they also represent opportunities to build BC back better,” said Horgan. “Expanding the use of new technologies, like mass timber, will help create new opportunities for workers and communities while helping us meet our net-zero target for reducing carbon pollution.”

Horgan made the comments before visiting sustainable housing builder Tree Construction and local bike shop Tantrum Ride. Horgan noted that in addition to helping to grow businesses and getting families into homes faster, mass timber construction has a reduced carbon footprint when sourced from sustainably managed forests.

“While Andrew Wilkinson promises tax cuts that give the biggest benefits to those at the top, John’s team is focused on building a recovery that works for everyone,” said Columbia River-Revelstoke candidate Nicole Cherlet. “Building with BC wood is good for the economy and the environment. It will create thousands of jobs, reduce carbon pollution and support forest-dependent communities.” 

Quick Facts

  • * In June, Horgan appointed Ravi Kahlon to lead the expansion and use of mass timber in BC buildings. 
  • * Thirteen BC communities have signed on as early adopters of the innovative technology for taller wood buildings.
  • * A re-elected BC NDP government will keep building on mass timber progress.