Provincial crisis response team coming to Prince George as 300 pulp mill jobs set to be lost

By Andrew Kurjata
CBC News
January 12, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

B.C. Premier David Eby says he is deploying a crisis response team to Prince George to support workers losing their jobs at a Canfor pulp mill. …”It’s an incredibly stressful time for them and for the whole community in Prince George,” Eby said, adding that the transition team will help workers losing their jobs with access to benefits the government has established, including training, transition to retirement or other supports. Chuck LeBlanc, a union representative for those employed at the mill, says workers were “all in shock” at the news but said it had long been expected that a pulp mill in the Interior would shut down as raw fibre available to supply it declined. …Joel McKay, CEO of the economic development organization Northern Development Initiative Trust, said he would expect up to 900 additional jobs to be lost as a result of the closure, for a total of 1,200.

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