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.


Resources for Multi-Storey Loadbearing Design

Masonry can be used effectively and efficiently to act as the primary loadbearing material to support the weight of the structure in compression, as well as resist lateral loads such as high winds or earthquakes. CMDC empowers designers across Canada with the knowledge and tools required to adequately design these types of structures. Click here for more information



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



CMDC Announces new Specification Series highlighting common issues

CMDC is proud to announce a new series of posts dedicated to providing insight on some common issues resulting from how specifications are worded

Errors in construction specifications lead to lost

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CMDC Collaborates with Researchers and CSA to Publish Report on Adapting Codes and Standards to Climate Change

A detailed look into how Masonry Codes and Standards might be impacted by Climate Change

A new report published by CSA Group and authored in partnership with CMDC has just been

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New report provides insight into potential harmonization of Canadian and American Masonry Design Standards

Examining Key Similarities and Differences to Improve the Engineering Design of Masonry

A new report authored by CMDC has been published by CSA Group as of February, 2021. This

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Building Structure Cost Comparison Study in Atlantic Canada: Multi-Residential Structures

A realistic and fully costed comparison of different structural systems to determine how loadbearing masonry compares to wood frame and cast in palace concrete


A new study, conducted by local 3rd

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Events and Updates

14th Canadian Masonry Symposium

14th Canadian Masonry Symposium

The 14th CMS is officially online and free to attend. Please visit the conference homepage here for more information. All papers will be made available under the symposium section of the CMDC website here.

Engineered Masonry Design Course

There is currently no course scheduled but will be announced to those on the waiting list before the general notification list is sent out. We are aiming to provide an online course planned later in 2021.

If interested, please contact CMDC and request to be added to the waiting list today

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)

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