Vancouver Island paper mill restarts with government funds
The pulp and paper industry is struggling in British Columbia. Last week, forestry giant Canfor announced the permanent closure of the pulp and paper production line at one of its mills in Prince George.
A pulp and paper mill Crofton Papers, south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, will resume some of its operations thanks to an investment from the provincial and federal governments of $18.8 million. More than 100 employees will be called back to work as a result.
With $4.5 million from the province and $14.3 million from the federal government, the Paper Excellence Company mill will be able to equip itself to manufacture new products that will reduce the need for paper mills. single-use plastic items.
British Columbia Premier David Eby says this funding supports a clean and innovative economy.
The Crofton plant will produce water-resistant paper packaging and cutlery that will reduce the number of single-use plastic items made from petroleum, explained David Eby.
Last October, the mill had to cut production due to rising costs and a weakened Chinese paper market, leaving around 150 employees out of work.
Paper Excellence, which is behind the proposal, says the funds will allow it to restart one of its paper machines and improve plant efficiency. She says she is currently working with the unions on the details of the restart plan.
Unifor Local 1132 President Travis Gregson says he is grateful to have the opportunity to restore jobs to the community.
Perhaps other factories […] will have the same chance at a time when the situation becomes more difficult. forestry industry is in trouble, he said.
Earlier this week, the province announced two more measures to help the struggling forestry industry in British Columbia.
David Eby has pledged $50 million in the upcoming budget to help industry transport fire-damaged wood from remote areas to paper mills, as well as a $90 million fund for rural communities affected by the downturn in forestry.
With information ns of The Canadian Press