Canada Masonry Design Centre

committed to providing masonry contractors and designers across Canada with tools and resources to facilitate the proper design and construction of masonry structures


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Technical Assistance

CMDC offers complimentary technical assistance to designers and our masonry contractor members. CMDC staff is here to assist with inquires arising from codes and CSA masonry standards for both design and construction of masonry structures. Many of these inquiries are general in nature, however, specific project inquiries addressed by CMDC on a daily basis. To learn more about how CMDC can assist you, click here.



Research and the dissemination of completed research in Canada is a primary role of the CMDC. CMDC has collaborated with its provincial Venture Partners to encourage and expand masonry research at local Universities. CMDC’s research initiatives have grown to include a valuable partnership with the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) in creating the Canadian Masonry Research Council (CMRC). All masonry research supported by CMDC members and CCMPA done through the auspice of the Canadian Masonry Research Council is monitored by CMDC Staff. To learn more about ongoing masonry research in Canada, Click here


Design Software

CMDC partnered with the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) to develop a powerful software package called MASS. MASS analyzes and designs masonry beams, out-of-plane walls, shear walls, and single storey shear wall elevations with openings and control joints using current CSA standards. To learn more about MASS, Click here


Design Textbook

In 2005, CMDC published their First Edition of Masonry Structures: Behaviour and Design authored by Dr Robert Drysdale and Dr. Ahmad Hamid. This textbook is the most comprehensive resource available to engineers for the design and construction of masonry structures in Canada. To learn more about this textbook, Click here


Industry Links

CMDC has established working relationships with many related masonry associations around the world. To learn about our industry partners, Click here

Recent News



MASS Version 4.0 is now available – adds multi-storey design and more earthquake design options

Version 4.0 adds to the scope of what MASS is capable of handling


It’s real, and it’s spectacular! We are very excited to announce this new release, available immediately

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New course announced for engineers starting in January: EMDC 2020

CMDC is proud to announce that the Engineered Masonry Design Course (EMDC) is going to be offered starting near the end of January of next year. Registration will open on

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Events and Updates

Engineered Masonry Design Course

April 13th-14th, 27th-28th

Provider: Canada Masonry Design Centre

Course Page:


Please click here for more information

MASS Software Release

A new release of Masonry Analysis Structural Systems takes everything done by MASS in its current scope and moves it into the new CSA standards adopted by the 2015 National Building Code.

Please click here for more information or sign in to download the update (free to all active license holders)

13th Canadian Masonry Symposium

13th Canadian Masonry Symposium

The 13th CMS was a huge success! Click here to search all papers presented in Halifax.

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