VICTORIA, CANADIAN PRESS — British Columbia is helping build four housing and infrastructure projects using mass timber, including a new building at the University of Victoria.

 CAPTION: Ravi Kahlon, speaks at a restaurant in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.  British Columbia says it has launched four housing and infrastructure projects using mass timber. The minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation told a news conference Thursday that the University of Victoria has been given $1.2 million in funding toward a 783-bed housing and dining facility set to open in September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ravi Kahlon, minister of jobs, economic recovery and innovation, says the university is among those to get $1.2 million in funding that will be used to help build a 783-bed housing and dining facility set to open in September.

The university also has two other mass timber projects in the works including an engineering and computer science building and a centre for Indigenous laws which range from multi-unit homes to mixed-use commercial and industrial buildings.

Kahlon told a news conference on Thursday that large-diameter trees are not needed to make mass timber. Instead, the building material can be made by piecing together smaller pieces of wood with glue and nails. He says mass timber can match or exceed the strength of concrete and steel while reducing carbon emissions by up to 45 percent.

The minister says B.C. could have as many as 10 new mass timber manufacturers by 2035, which could fill an anticipated 4,400 jobs in manufacturing, construction and design.

The Canadian Press