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For Immediate Release
Nov. 3, 2010

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
Natural Resources Canada





BEIJING, CHINA – Canada Wood College is now offering courses at the Beijing Jingbei Vocational College, highlighting the increased demand for training in the Chinese wood design and construction sectors, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Forests, Mines and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


“China wants to expand the use of wood products in their construction sector, but they realize they need to build their skills and expertise first,” said Minister Paradis. “This college will help close that gap and position Canada as a preferred supplier of training and expertise.”


“China likes B.C. wood, but also needs construction design, building expertise, and skills training to grow the market and increase demand for our wood products,” said Bell. “There are currently 6,000 wood-frame homes under construction or being planned in the greater Beijing region. Canada Wood College training will be instrumental to B.C. lumber taking the dominant share of these new wood-frame construction projects.”


Canada Wood College provides training on modern wood-frame building systems for working professionals (engineers, architects, project managers, site supervisors and carpenters) in the construction industry. They usually come to Canada Wood College to upgrade the skills they need when their company is about to take on a wood-frame project.


The college started in Shanghai and was initially sponsored by Canfor. The Canada Wood Group, an industry marketing association, took over management of the college in 2008. Approximately 270 students graduate each from the full-term builder and designer programs. The number of builders and designers trained per year is more than 2,000 when job-site training and one-day design seminars are included.


Bell and delegates from the B.C. forestry trade mission joined Canada Wood College officials today in a special opening ceremony marking the school’s expansion to Beijing.



Photos from the Canada Wood College ceremony will be available at:




Media Contacts:


Cheekwan Ho

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands

250 387-8482


Richard Walker

Director of Communications

Office of the Minister

Natural Resources Canada


613 996-2007


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