A fund to create jobs in the forest industry in British Columbia

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A fund to create jobs in the forestry industry in British Columbia

More than 1,000 BC forest industry officials gather for Natural Resources Forum in Prince George amid job losses.

British Columbia announces the creation of a fund to support job creation in the forest industry, to help workers and rural communities suffering the impacts of its slowdown.

The announcement comes days after Canfor said it would cut 300 manufacturing jobs in Prince George following the permanent closure of the pasta and pasta production line. papers from one of its factories.

The government says it will invest up to $90 million over three years in this new fund, the BC Manufacturing Jobs Fund, which aims to support high-value industrial and manufacturing projects in remote communities.

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We need to create more well-paying jobs from our forests and all of our province's resources, Premier David Eby said at a press briefing in Prince George.

The whole province benefits when local workers and their families can build a good life in the rural communities where they live, he added.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">British Columbia's old-growth forests are prized by the logging industry.

The Prime Minister traveled to this northern British Columbia city to address the BC Natural Resources Forum on Tuesday evening.

The government says that the fund will help diversify local economies and promote value-added innovation in the forest sector.

Projects such as the purchase by a forestry company of equipment needed to create new wood products or paper-based alternatives for plastic packaging, for example, can be financed through this new fund, exemplifies David Eby.

More than 1,000 forest industry officials and community members are gathered for the Forum, which takes place against the backdrop of forest loss. employment.

They are to discuss several topics, including natural gas fracking, the future of the workforce and, of course, the future of the forest industry, a subject that arouses passions.

While the prime minister delivers his speech inside, a gathering of various lobby groups will take place outside. Tree protection groups and worker associations will be on hand to voice their grievances.

Protests in Fairy Creek on Vancouver Island have become a symbol of a larger fight against the logging of old-growth forests.

Many are calling for it communities have more control over their forests, a demand that David Eby says he understands.

The Premier of British Columbia is, on the other hand, aware that the question of control forestry is causing a lot of tension between the province and the leaders of the forest industry.

You know, the big forest companies are accountable to their shareholders and must provide them with the best possible return , which may mean treating the trees elsewhere , explained David Eby in an interview on the CBC on Tuesday morning.

For our province, the objective is to ensure that we create as many jobs as possible through our forests.

With information from Dominica e Lévesque and Andrew Kurjata

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