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For Immediate Release
Nov. 5, 2010

Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
Natural Resources Canada





MIANYANG, CHINA – Canada and B.C. have finished building a rehabilitation centre for the physically disabled in a central region of China devastated by earthquake, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and B.C. Forests, Mines and Lands Minister Pat Bell announced today.


The Mianyang School for the Disabled will accommodate up to 300 students in a 5,900-square-metre facility. Construction began in November 2009 and took less than one year. The official opening will be in January 2011 after all buildings approvals have been received.


“This school, along with the two other facilities that we are building, shows our commitment to the people of China and the benefits of using wood-frame construction for public buildings,” said Minister Paradis.


“Modern wood construction is earthquake resistant and well-suited to building conditions in Sichuan,” said Bell. “Our earthquake reconstruction efforts have been recognized across China, and been a major factor in the rapidly growing interest in wood-frame construction and B.C. wood products.”


The earthquake disaster that struck central China in May 2008 killed tens of thousands of people and left five million homeless. Many of the fatalities were caused by the collapse of poorly built concrete structures.


Canada and B.C. are contributing $8 million to build the Mianyang rehabilitation centre as well as a primary school in Dujiangyan and an elderly care centre in Beichuan using wood-frame technology and Canadian wood products. The primary school opened in September 2009 and construction on the elderly care centre is now underway.


Bell and delegates from the B.C. forestry trade mission to China joined Sichuan officials today in a special ceremony marking the completion of the school.



 Photos from the 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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