A new bill regarding the use of wood in buildings has now reached the Senate.

According to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes, NDP MP Richard Canning for South Okanagan—West Kootenay had his private members bill C-354, promoting the use of wood in federal government buildings, passed.

Hughes says with Cannings bill, the government can achieve new uses for wood, as well as achieve its targets for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions.

She says it be a win-win scenario by encouraging the use of wood for federal buildings.

Hughes says the bill does not force the hand of the government, but rather points them in the right direction.

She also says Canning’s bill comes at a time when solid wood constructions are rapidly gaining popularity around the world and Canada is a leader in the field within North America.