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Backgrounder

Large-scale Wood Demonstration Projects


Under Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government supports large-scale demonstrations of Canadian use of wood for construction in targeted foreign markets, as well as non-traditional use of wood in domestic markets.

The large-scale demonstration projects in international markets will be supported by activities carried out under the Canada Wood Export Program (Canada Wood) and will focus on Canadian use of wood in construction. 

CanadaWood Export Program

This program, carried out in collaboration with the provinces and wood products associations throughout Canada, is aimed at expanding and diversifying export opportunities for Canadian wood products in traditional and emerging markets.

Canada Wood builds on the industry’s successes by helping it increase its presence in these markets; increasing knowledge about wood products among architects, builders and consumers in these markets through trade fairs and missions; and improving access to these markets for our products in connection with initiatives aimed at removing technical barriers to exporting wood. The program also seeks new opportunities in emerging markets.

Rebuilding project in L’Aquila, Italy

The project, chosen in collaboration with partners in the L’Aquila region, involves the reconstruction of a 400-m2, two-storey building. This building is a day house for autistic children that was destroyed in the April 2009 earthquake. The characteristics of the building (area, volume and number of storeys) will demonstrate that the Canadian technique of wood panel framing can be used both for a residential or multifamily project and for an institutional project.    

The wood panel framing system lends itself particularly well to the rebuilding of this residence, making possible the rapid construction of a building that meets high seismic stability performance standards.

The services of an Italian architect were retained for the building design (volume, style, choice of finishes), while the structure will be wood-framed using wood panels and other structural members prefabricated in Canada. Following an invitation to tender by QWEB, the company Demtec International, a manufacturer of factory-built structures in Princeville, Quebec, will manufacture all the framing, which will be container-shipped. The interior and exterior finishing will be done by the Italian party. 

An Italian builder (Savini Group) will be responsible for the overall construction site, including the preparation of the foundations, the construction and the finishes. It will be supported by a Canadian team for the erection of the wood frame.

The project will be funded jointly by the Ronald MacDonald Foundation of Italy ($340,000), the Sons of Italy Foundation ($240,000) and the Montecitorio Rotary Club Foundation ($60,000) and through various donations ($230,000). 

The federal and provincial contribution totals $368,000, with $298,000 from Natural Resources Canada and $70,000 from the Société d’habitation du Québec. The Canadian and Quebec contribution will be used to fund the wood panel framing, the erecting, the professional services for the architecture and engineering, and the transport costs and customs clearance fees.


Richard Walker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

Simon Bachand
Special Assistant
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development
514-496-1282

Simonetta d 'Aquino Allder
Media Officer
Embassy of Canada in Italy
39 06 85444 3252

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