New supports for interior forestry workers

Programs are now in place to support contractors, workers and communities impacted by indefinite and permanent mill closures in B.C.’s Interior. This website will be updated with resources and supports as they are established in 2019-2020.

Supports and Resources
for workers and families

Retirement Bridging Program

The retirement bridging program supports forestry workers 55 years or older to transition to retirement. You could be eligible for up to $75,000 in combined retirement bridging funding based on your years of experience, age at retirement and employer contributions.

Job Placement Coordination Offices

Job placement offices are opening in five interior communities hardest hit by mill closures: 100 Mile House (now open); Fort St. James; Fort St. John; Mackenzie; and Clearwater. These offices will have dedicated people ready to support forestry workers in their communities.

Skills Training for Employment Program

Providing access to skills training and employment supports to assist British Columbians living in communities impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in achieving sustainable employment.

Supports and Resources for businesses, contractors and local government

Regional Economic Support

Provides funding and the ability to identify and pursue new opportunities for stimulating economic growth and job creation in the region.

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Community Support Grants Program

Provides short-term funding to support Interior B.C. communities that have been impacted by a permanent or indefinite mill closure or shift reduction.

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Forest Employment Program

Works with impacted contractors to bid on short-term employment opportunity projects near communities directly impacted by a permanent or indefinite mill closure.

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Skills Training Opportunities

Funding streams are now open and being established for communities or sectors working to address the skills training needs of those impacted by mill closures or curtailments.

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The Future of Forestry in B.C.

Changes are being made to help the forestry industry adapt to changing circumstances, from moving ahead with taller wood building construction to doing more to motivate local companies, municipalities and First Nations to use B.C. engineered wood products for their projects.