Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture

The Ontario Wood WORKS! 2023 wood design award winners have been announced: 

Nine outstanding wood projects from across Ontario were celebrated on May 2, 2023, at the 23rd annual Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Night.  The awards program honours the people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.  

Ontario Wood WORKS! presented the nine awards at a reception held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, an event hosted in conjunction with the Ontario Forest Industries’ 80th AGM. “It is a privilege to recognize Ontario’s wood design leaders through our Wood Design Awards program,” said Steven Street, executive director of Ontario Wood WORKS!. “Collectively, the winning projects this year shine a light on the role that wood construction can play in addressing some of the larger challenges facing society today, notably housing supply, sustainability, and a shortage of skilled trades.” 

There are many reasons to build with wood,” added Street. “Strength, beauty, and versatility are certainly important considerations, but one of the primary drivers behind wood’s expanded use is its positive impact on construction schedules. Prefabricated wood systems can significantly increase construction efficiency and quality, delivering better buildings faster. Another key driver is sustainability. As society develops a deeper understanding of the carbon impacts of buildings, it is clear that wood systems have a critical role to play in reducing the embodied emissions of the built environment to achieve ambitious sustainability targets. Wood construction is transforming the way we build, helping mitigate climate change and providing sustainable construction solutions that are better for people and the environment.”

This year’s winning projects:

  • Shingwauk Education Trust Anishinawbek Discovery Centre  |  Sault Ste Marie
  • Neil Campbell Rowing Centre  |  St. Catharines
  • Passive Laneway Housing Prototypes  | Toronto
  • YW Kitchener-Waterloo Supportive Housing for Women |  Kitchener
  • 12 Ossington Avenue  |  Toronto 
  • Carpenters Union Local 249 Training Facility  |  Kingston
  • Port Stanley Fire Station  |  Port Stanley
  • Churchill Meadows Community Centre and Mattamy Sports Park  |  Mississauga
  • Nshwaasnangong Childcare and Family Centre  |  London


CLICK HERE for the full media release listing the project teams and individual project information.

Correction Notice: In the original version of this release, the Shingwauk Education Trust Anishinawbek Discovery Centre was mistakenly identified as the Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig Anishinawbek Discovery Centre.