Unifor Action Centre in Espanola helping former Domtar workers find new employment, cope with job loss

By Erika Chorostil
CBC News
January 8, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

Former Domtar employees who are being laid off with the pulp and paper mill’s closure, are receiving help to find new employment. It’s been almost six weeks since the first round of layoffs took place at the mill in Espanola on November 30. In September, Domtar announced it would indefinitely shut down the plant, leading to more than 450 employees losing their jobs. To help workers cope with job losses and find new employment, the Unifor Action Centre was set up and opened its doors in December. …The Ontario government invested $426,000 into the Action Centre. Domtar and Unifor Local 74 are also investing $184,600 into the centre. …Dubreuil said the action centre is planning to hold a number of job workshops in January, in preparation for the second round of Domtar layoffs taking place on January 19. A third round of layoffs is expected in the spring.

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