Supports for forestry workers and rural communities

Our new vision for B.C. forests includes help for those affected by changes to the forestry industry. The Province will provide coordinated and comprehensive supports for workers by looking at how we can improve existing programs and through the development of new programs.

Current support programs

The Province is bringing together co-ordinated and comprehensive supports for workers, communities and First Nations to offset any economic impacts that may follow from changes to the forestry industry.

As part of Budget 2022, the Province announced it is providing more than $185 million over the next three years to provide enhanced supports to forest workers and contractors, communities, First Nations, and businesses affected by changes to the forestry industry.

Supports for Workers and Contractors

Forest Employment Program

Creates short-term employment to help forest contractors explore new work.

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Bridging to Retirement

Forestry mill workers and employees of contractors 55 and older affected by old growth deferral decisions, fibre shortages, and pauses in BC Timber sales can apply to receive up to $75,000 to transition to retirement, opening up jobs for younger workers.

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Skills Training for Employment

Connects impacted workers with skills training and educational opportunities for new careers.

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Supports for Communities, Sectors, Employers and Organizations

Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program

This program supports rural economic development projects that promote economic capacity building, economic diversification, resilience, clean economy opportunities and infrastructure development.

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BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund

This program helps manufacturing companies modernize, innovate, and grow by providing funding for capital projects in all regions in B.C., particularly in communities affected by economic impacts or downturns.

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Rural Business and Community Recovery Initiative

Through the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior, Island Coastal Economic Trust and Northern Development, recovery advisors were in place in 2021 to help create jobs, support rural businesses and communities, and support strategic decision making. Details on more programming coming soon.

Community Transition Rapid Response Teams

This team will provide on-the-ground economic development and community support service, provide in-community support and will coordinate with ministries and organizations to ensure supports are in place for individuals and communities.

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Skills Training Grants for Communities, Sectors and Employers

The Community Workforce Response Grant helps communities and sectors support in-demand skills training for secure and sustainable employment for British Columbians.

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The Employer Training Grant helps employers provide employees the skills they need to succeed in the labour market.

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Developing new programs

The Province is also developing new programs that will support forestry workers and communities over the next three years.

Our Forests. Our Future.

We’re changing how we manage B.C. forests by taking better care of old growth forests, making communities and smaller businesses a priority, and working in partnership with First Nations.

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