About Wood WORKS!

Our goal is to increase the use of wood products in construction projects, and to showcase the manufacturing, design and construction talent evident in both inspiring and practical examples of wood projects in Canada.

Wood WORKS! (known as cecobois in Quebec) is a Canadian Wood Council program, which is industry led and is intended to help increase the use of wood in non-residential,  mid-rise and tall building markets in Canada.  The initiative seeks to build proficiency in using wood through training, networking and direct technical support.

Our Vision

  • We build pride in our wood culture through awareness and education.
  • We build proficiency in using wood through training, networking and technical support.
  • We celebrate ‘wood champions’ who inspire excellence in building with wood.

Fostering a Wood Culture Where

  • Wood is the first choice and best value building material.
  • Wood is valued as the most sustainable building material.
  • We produce sound structural products and building systems.
  • We excel at constructing with wood.
  • The world views Canada as a global leader in designing and building with wood.

Building our Canadian Economy by Building with Wood

More than finished wood products, Canada’s forests offer an array of environmental, economical, social and cultural benefits. Canada has abundant forest resources, which covers half of our land mass and represents 10% of the world’s forests. As world leaders in forestry technology, and as responsible stewards of forest ecosystems, Canada’s economic fabric is strengthened through our forest economy. In 1999, the forest sector employed 840,000 Canadians, which translates into 1 in 17 jobs in Canada – resulting in approximately $74 billion in goods and services. Forest products have long been Canada’s most important export. In 2001, exports to more than 120 countries around the world totaled $44.1 billion. Economic prosperity is not limited to traditional lumber products, but includes research and the development of new technologies, advanced engineered structural products, and manufactured building systems. As the world faces growing climate change challenges, and embraces the concepts of sustainability and building green, Canada is poised for continued prosperity as the global leader in forestry and wood. Canada’s forests play a major role in the delicate balance of life, supporting two thirds of Canada’s 140,000 species of plants, animals and microorganisms.

Proudly, Canada leads the world with sustainable forestry management practices and supports developing countries in the improved management of their forests through technology transfer and professional advice.

Canada is building a wood culture, and is establishing itself as a leader in building with wood. Best of all, this is accomplished as part of our stewardship of vibrant, healthy sustainable forests.

Learn more about the State of Canada’s Forests.


Only 28% of forests are reserved for timber production, while an estimated 32 million hectares are protected from harvesting.