Welcome to NLGA

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Our new address and phone number are:
Suite 303 - 409 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1T2
Tel:  604-673-9100

The National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA) was incorporated in 1971 and is the organization responsible for the establishment, issuance, publication, amendment and interpretation of Canadian lumber grading rules and standards.  NLGA is the only recognized rules writing body for lumber grades and standards in Canada.

The NLGA Grade Rule is approved and enforced by the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board (CLSAB) and by the American Lumber Standard Committee, Incorporated (ALSC) Board of Review.  This approval enables acceptance of the NLGA Grade Rule under Canadian and American building codes.

The NLGA Grade Rule incorporates the National Grade Rule (NGR) standards for all North American dimension lumber.  The NGR establishes standard lumber grades and grade names for all commercial species of dimension lumber, thus assuring lumber users of uniform design criteria and performance throughout North America.

The membership of NLGA consists of all the independent lumber grading agencies in Canada (which are accredited by the CLSAB and ALSC) that oversee the grading activities of certified Canadian lumber producing facilities.

Latest Updates

March 5, 2014

The 2014 Edition of the "Standard Grading Rules for Canadian Lumber" now Available for Free Download

  • The January 2014 edition of the NLGA Standard Grading Rules for Canadian Lumber is now available in pdf formatted sections.  Please check "Publications for Download" on the left-hand menu displayed above.



January 20, 2014

 Update on the NLGA Species Groups Lumber Properties Monitoring Program


  • NLGA periodically tests samples of Canadian dimension lumber from all producing regions as part of its ongoing lumber properties monitoring program to determine whether design values published in the "NLGA Standard Grading Rules for Canadian Lumber" and in other design standards, continue to be applicable.
  • The NLGA program, which has evolved since 1999, covers the major species groups S-P-F, DFir-L (N) and Hem-Fir (N).  These monitoring studies used NO. 2 grade, 2 by 4, 8 ft. lumber, an item that is readily available for sampling from all producing regions, as a bellwether size and grade.  The previous monitoring studies all provided evidence to support the assignment of design values in the NLGA Grade Rules and design standards.
  • NLGA contributes to the development and maintenance of the lumber quality system in North America as a rules writing member of American Lumber Standard Committee, Incorporated (ALSC) and as a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).  More recent NLGA monitoring studies completed in 2007 and 2008 were used to better understand and refine lumber properties monitoring and have been used to contribute to these organizations' discussions.
  • Although the ASTM D1990 standard, "Standard Practice for Establishing Allowable Properties for Visually-Graded Lumber from In-Grade Tests of Full-Size Specimens", has not yet been revised to provide guidance on monitoring and interpretation of results, a monitoring protocol is currently being balloted following the ASTM standards development process.  Ongoing monitoring programs following the proposed protocol have been implemented by all North American rules-writing agencies to be in compliance with ALSC requirements.


    S-P-F and DFir-L (N) Species Groups Monitoring Studies

  • NLGA found that the 2011 S-P-F and 2012 DFir-L (N) monitoring studies both supported the statement that "there is no reason to believe that there has been a significant shift in the MOE and MOR properties of the monitored size / grade / species group", and the ongoing monitoring of these species groups will continue.

    Hem-Fir (N) Species Group Monitoring Study

  • NLGA found that test results from the 2013 Hem-Fir (N) monitoring study were low which triggers further action under the proposed revisions to ASTM D1990NLGA has informed ALSC and will follow the proposed monitoring protocol.
  • The actions proposed in the ASTM D1990 monitoring protocol include verifying whether a change has actually occurred.  To do this, NLGA will re-sample Hem-Fir (N) NO. 2 grade, 2 x 4 and simultaneously sample Hem-Fir (N) NO. 2 grade, 2 x 10.  NLGA will also review the current Hem-Fir (N) monitoring study methodology and results more thoroughly to identify potential factors that may influence the test results.



January 2, 2014

  2014 Edition Released

  • NLGA has released the latest edition of the "NLGA Standard Grading Rules for Canadian Lumber" dated January 1, 2014.  The new version incorporates the changes to the grading rules for Beams & Stringers and Posts & Timbers.  Coil-bound paper copies are available for purchase by navigating to "Publications for Sale" on the home page menu and providing details to the shopping cart.  This January 2014 edition will be uploaded to the "Publications for Download" section of the website in due course.



November 1, 2013

  NLGA Grade Rules Revision

  • The NLGA Standard Grading Rules for Canadian Lumber (NLGA Grade Rules) were amended to revise the methodology for grading Beams & Stringers and Posts & Timbers.  These changes are outlined in Supplement No. 2 to the Dec 2010 edition of the NLGA Grade Rules which are available for viewing or downloading by navigating to "Publication Updates" on the home page menu.




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