Industry Info - Innovation

British Columbia is a world leader in advanced wood technologies and design and is revolutionizing with new, engineered wood products that allow engineers to span further and build taller using wood.

innovation-01Through the Wood First Initiative, BC is building a wood culture, where the world sees us as leaders in building with wood, where we produce competitive products and building systems and where we embrace wood as our first choice and best value building material.

Wood has many attributes that make it an obvious choice for green building. It grows naturally, using energy from the sun, and is the only major building material that’s renewable, re-usable and sustainable. When considered over its life cycle, wood outperforms both steel and concrete in terms of embodied energy, air and water pollution, and other environmental impacts.

For a full picture of the strength, versatility and sustainability of wood as a future-facing building product, see reTHINK WOOD

The New Bioeconomy

British Columbia is the largest producer of bioenergy in North America. The BC Interior forest industry has been a leader in the bioeconomy for over three decades, and is in fact already the largest producer of energy from biomass in the province.

In addition to sawlogs, pulp, paper and residual fibre for energy, the industry is already moving into developing whole new product categories that will drive the new forest bioeconomy for decades to come.

There is a wealth of opportunity to convert forest fibre byproducts into new and innovative bioproducts.  Essentially, it is possible to produce from wood fibre just about anything you can produce from fossil fuel – the difference is that wood is a renewable resource.

To foster the advancement of the bioeconomy, the Forest Products Association of Canada has convened the Bio Pathways Network.

From the Newsroom

COFI Welcomes Measures Addressing Competitiveness in 2017 B.C. Budget

For Immediate Release

Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) today welcomed the Government of B.C.’s s fifth consecutive balanced budget which provides some tax relief to encourage competitiveness and a continued commitment to expand our…

COFI Announces Winners of Forestry Photo Contest

Vancouver, B.C. – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine and prize sponsor London Drugs, today announced the winners of the Forestry Photo Contest.

“The photos we received truly captured the story…

BC’s Forest Sector Welcomes Tax Competitiveness Commission Report

Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) welcomed today’s release of the report by the Commission on Tax Competitiveness, an independent panel established earlier this year to consult and review B.C.’s corporate tax structure and develop…