OTTAWA – Today the House of Commons undertook the first hour of debate on Bill C-354 an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, (Use of Wood). If passed, the bill would require the federal government to consider the use of wood in federal infrastructure projects, taking into account the associated costs and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by using wood products.

“I’m happy to bring this bill forward for debate and want to thank all of my colleagues in all parties who have come to speak with me about their support for C-354” said Cannings. “Wood technologies have come a long way, and as companies like Structurlam have shown us, we can build amazing structures with wood that are beautiful, environmentally friendly and cost competitive. Bill C-354 will help to further promote these advances and help to support forestry communities all across the country.”

Cannings is happy with the feedback he’s received and is calling on all members of the House of Commons to support this measure at second reading. “During the first hour of debate I heard many supportive words and some concerns raised about my proposal” said Cannings. “I call on my colleagues to support this bill at second reading, get it to committee and to help improve this important measure. We have a chance to help the Canadian forestry sector grow and flourish for decades to come.”