BC government diversifying economy amid pulpmill, sawmill shutdowns

By Tommy Osborne
CKPG Today
May 23, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

PRINCE GEORGE – Following a string of pulpmill and sawmill closures in Northern B.C that has impacted communities like Chetwynd, Houston B.C., Prince George, and more, the B.C. Government announced $13 million of funding for manufacturing businesses in north B.C. While the government says forestry will always be heavily supported, Minister Brenda Bailey says diversifying the economy is a big focus. …Prolenc Manufacturing, a metal manufacturing company in Prince George, was one of many funding recipients. …While Prolenc isn’t directly a forestry company, it has strong ties to the forestry industry, estimating 1/3 of its operations provide parts for forestry equipment. …While diversifying the economy is undoubtedly a focus for the provincial government, Minister Bailey pointed out the government continues to heavily invest and fund the forestry industry, saying half of all manufacturing funds are towards the forestry industry.

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