‘We’ve been here before’: The fight to survive B.C.’s rising mill closures

Canfor’s recent announcement it will reduce production at two more sawmills this summer in Prince George adds to a growing list of more than 20 temporary and indefinite curtailments of such facilities across British Columbia, along with several permanent closures.

The downturn in the forestry sector has thrown hundreds out of work, including 150 employees at the Tolko Industries mill in Quesnel, which will close in August, and another 172 workers at Canfor’s mill in Vavenby, slated to shut this month.

Workers in the struggling sector and those who govern municipalities dependent on forestry are grappling with the fallout.

 

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IMAGE: The mayor of Quesnel, B.C., says even though the city has taken a big hit with Tolko’s mill closure, it remains a forestry town. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)