Forestry kudos for Cannings

South Okanagan—West Kootenay MP Richard Cannings has been recognized for his support of Canadian forestry with an award from the Forest Products Association of Canada.

Cannings is the recipient of the Forest Community Champion Award for his private-members bill C-354, which promotes the use of wood in federal projects.

The bill has recently been modified by the federal Liberals, but has passed through the House of Commons and to the Senate. The bill will mandate the federal government to consider wood and other environmentally-friendly materials in new construction.

“Richard Cannings understands that forestry brings environmental, social, and economic benefits to communities not only in British Columbia, but across the country,” says FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor.

“He has been a champion of the forest industry across Canada through his determined efforts to advance his private member’s bill. Through his everyday work he is a champion of forestry workers.”

Cannings is being honoured alongside International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield, and Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak.

“I would like to thank FPAC for this recognition and honour,” says Cannings. “The forest industry is the lifeblood of communities across this great country and wood building sector is one that I take great pride in advocating for.”

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