Minister Fedeli's appointment is exciting news for the mass timber industry. He is a proponent of the use of timber in large-scale construction, evidenced by his introduction of a private members bill called the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act, which had its first reading in the Ontario Legislature in March 2018. The Act proposes amendments to the Building Code Act, 1992 to allow for wood-frame construction in buildings up to 14 storeys.
These amendments would provide a boost to northern Ontario’s forestry industry and create jobs, while helping southern Ontario achieve targets for growth & density. Furthermore, this legislation would reduce the carbon footprint in the construction of mid-rise buildings.
British Columbia and Quebec have already enacted similar changes to their building codes, creating immediate impact on their economies. Fedeli is urging all parties to support this legislation, given its potential for positive impacts across multiple sectors across the province if passed.