Innovative Construction, Wood Products and Forestry

Innovative, connected, and dynamic  

Squamish is surrounded by forests and has a rich history in the innovative construction, wood products, and forestry sector.

Located in Squamish, surrounded by towering cedar trees and flanked by the Cheakamus River, the LEED® Platinum BlueShore Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is a showcase for green building innovation.

Firms in this diverse sector include forestry and support activities for the sector, as well as a wide range of companies specializing in emerging industries.

Currently, Squamish is home to over 70 small and medium-sized companies specializing in sustainable building solutions, prefabricated tiny home production, laneway and modular homebuilding, prefabricated building panel manufacturing, timber products and production services, wood and wood products coating, and custom timber frame home design.

2021 Squamish stats at a glance

The sector is supported by state-of-the-art research, and an incoming talent pool from many world-class universities in the nearby Lower Mainland, including the University of British Columbia and its renowned Forest Sciences program.

Local companies in the sector also benefit from Squamish’s well-established international transportation network, which includes a deep-water, break-bulk shipping terminal and extensive east-west and north-south rail lines, with comprehensive knowledge in handling forestry, construction, and wood products.

BC's innovative construction and wood products sector 

BC is one of the world’s largest exporters of wood products. Our forestry sector has attractive opportunities in mills, forestry operations, the manufacturing of high-quality forest products and value-added wood products, as well as biofuels.

BC is a leader in innovative, sustainable engineered wood products and technologies, including the manufacturing of mass timber products through to the design and construction of energy-efficient, earthquake-resistant residential, commercial, and mixed-use mass timber buildings.

Canada's forest industry

One of the top global manufacturers of forest products, Canada is among the world’s largest producers and exporters of softwood lumber, accounting for 20% of Canada’s forest product exports. Increasing demand for wood products from emerging economies, along with the growing need for alternative energy sources—including biomass—are creating new opportunities for companies investing in Canada’s forest industry.

Design for Deconstruction: Nexii Circular Economy Case Study

Green construction technology company Nexii manufactures pieces of buildings are manufactured in Squamish. The plant is also home to Nexii’s Research and Development division, which focuses on designing new technology and innovative green solutions.

Driving their R&D is a vision shared by Nexii and Squamish to build a vibrant circular economy that puts people and the planet first. Their recent Deconstruction Case Study put this concept in practice by looking at repurposing building material as an alternative to standard building demolition.

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“The whole south coast of BC has put energy into being a global leader in cleantech, in renewables, in the green economy – and Squamish is a big part of that. There are some great companies and a fantastic workforce that wants to be part of that new economy.”

— Gregor Robertson, Nexii

Sector contacts

District of Squamish Economic Development Team

As your point of contact within the District of Squamish, we can connect you to the municipal departments that will help to start and grow your business. Contact us for support with zoning information or site selection, and we can connect you to the appropriate staff member from Community Planning, Building, Real Estate Services, and/or Engineering. Several members of our staff are experienced with the specific regulations relating to your industry, and can help guide you through site selection. We can also provide you with resources to help you start or grow your business, including market research, business intelligence, recommendations for key contacts, and ideas for funding.


BC Wood Association

BC Wood is a provincial member-based organization that exists to help their member businesses grow both domestically within Canada, and internationally. The organization offers international trade events and missions, educational workshops, cost-sharing programs, and up-to-date market intelligence.


Wood First Program

The provincial Wood First program focuses on advancing wood use and innovative wood construction technologies in BC and establishing the province as a showcase for wood products in construction, interior design and daily living. Activities under the Wood First program are delivered primarily through third-party organizations under a cost-sharing framework between Forestry Innovation Investment, the Government of Canada, and industry. Initiatives are based on the understanding that the long-term sustainability of the forest economy includes actively maintaining, creating, and diversifying demand for BC forest products.



Wood WORKS! 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.

Think Wood Research Library

The Think Wood Research Library connects industry to the latest research and resources on mass timber, light-frame wood building systems (5 stories and up), and timber bridges. Practitioners, researchers, and anyone with an interest in the latest knowledge about wood construction will benefit from the diverse catalogue of content, from peer-reviewed academic papers to practical applied research and resources.


BC Wood Supplier Directory

BC Wood Supplier Directory connects companies with over 400 suppliers of high-quality, eco-friendly wood products, from dimension lumber, engineered, mass timber and specialty products, to furniture, doors and windows, pulp, paper and pellets.


Forestry Innovation Investment Research Library

This BC-based research library provides the provincial forest industry and design community, including BC companies, trade associations, and research institutions with a wide variety of credible reports, data, and information.


Vancouver Economic Commission Resources

The Vancouver Economic Commission provides a thorough list of BC’s many associations that provide a wide range of support, research, and funding to innovative construction, wood products, and forestry businesses.


Trade and Invest BC

Trade and Invest BC recognizes forestry as a key sector in BC. Trade and Invest BC help organizations and investors find success doing business in British Columbia by facilitating foreign direct investment, helping to build connections between companies, and promoting BC products and services globally. 


Invest in Canada: Cleantech in Canada

Invest in Canada is Canada’s global investment attraction and promotion agency. Facilitating global investment that spurs job growth and makes Canada stronger. Invest in Canada's customized services help global companies unlock investment opportunities in Canada. 


Visit our other green economy sector pages to learn more about how you can become part of our vibrant green economy in Squamish.