Why Canada and Why Now

Mass timber buildings that are safe, strong, and sophisticated are soaring ever-taller around the world, as building codes evolve and new innovative wood timber products are developed. Business opportunities are soaring as well.  Canada is well-positioned to take advantage of this growing potential with its vibrant and renewable forest industry and its commitment to low-carbon construction as part of its climate change action plan.  At the same time, the Mass Timber Institute can fill the existing education gap concerning wood’s vast potential as an advanced and sustainable building material. The Mass Timber Institute is has been established in Toronto to take advantage of the largest construction markets in Canada.

The Mass Timber Institute is intended to be a public-private collaboration resulting in practical applied research outcomes, enabling the emergence of a talented workforce for Canada’s building and construction industries which will stimulate broad economic activity and job creation. The Mass Timber Institute hopes to achieve:

  • The development of new real-life replicable building practices to help companies take advantage of the rapidly growing opportunities in mass timber construction.

  • Shaping the pioneering advanced technologies to be researched by the Institute and its partners.

  • An increased pool of highly-qualified skilled trade and technical personnel versed in the most up-to-date knowledge in wood design, engineering, construction, and sustainability.

  • The ability to efficiently access expertise that is not usually available to non-academic players.

  • The potential emergence of more robust provincial construction and building industries as Canada becomes a hub for green mass timber building construction that attracts researchers, industry leaders and talent from around the world.


Photo at top of page: McEwen School of Architecture, Sudbury, Ontario;
Credit: LGA Architectural Partners; photo: Bob Gundu