MP Richard Cannings’ Bill C-354 an Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, (Use of Wood) passed its first vote at second reading. The bill will now be sent to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources for review. Bill C-354 proposes to 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 want to thank all of my colleagues from all parties who voted in favour of sending C-354 to committee” said Cannings. “It’s gratifying to see so many MPs from so many different backgrounds rally around this measure that will help the Canadian forestry sector grow for decades to come.”

The bill will be studied in the Natural Resources committee at a date yet to be determined. Cannings, who is vice-chair of that committee, said “I look forward to working with my colleagues in committee, and moving towards the passage of this important piece of legislation.”