MLA Rustad says Prince George could suffer $50 million impact from mill closure

By Ted Clarke
Prince George Citizen
January 14, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

The permanent closure at the Canfor’s Prince George Pulp and Paper’s pulp line will put 300 mill employees out of work and those lost wages could take $30 million out of the local economy,  And that’s just the immediate impact. Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad says that for every job lost at the mill, local contractors, suppliers, retail stores and service providers will also feel the pinch once the mill closes in March.   “It’s obviously incredibly challenging and very difficult for the families and workers affected and it’s not just the direct jobs, the forest sector has a 2-to-1 ratio in the jobs that are going to be impacted in our community and that’s really tough for so many people,” said Rustad.  …“If you carry on with the approach of not being able to make money eventually you get to place where you might be putting people’s pensions at risk,” said Rustad. 

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